Dr Wayne Steven Jackson has been making theatre, both solo and as a co-founder of Escape Theatre, since 2004. His work explores autobiographical experiences and the vulnerability of memory to map, challenge, and document social change, often exploiting and experimenting with technology as a second performer to represent voices that are, for a number of reasons, not present. His practice has been continually supported by hÅb, and previously greenroom, through Method Lab and Works Ahead commissions. His performance work includes Escape in Chic (2004), Nought Point Nought Seven Nine per Hour (2005), Losing (2008), How I Lost the Pound Coin (And Why I Want It Back) (2009), (and two) (2012), Now|Then (2017), From Me To Us (2020). He has delivered contemporary theatre workshops across Europe, at higher Education institutions in England, Spain, Norway, and Denmark. Through his role as Head of Theatre and Performance (TaP) at the Arden School of Theatre, he trains creative performers to make postmodern, innovative, and evocative new work.
His 2019 doctoral research explored the performance of memory in connection to placemaking, specifically located in his home city of Hull during its year as City of Culture in 2017, and resulted in the critically acclaimed Now|Then. He has presented his academic research in theatre, performance, and memory at a number of conferences both nationally and internationally including at Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), Queen’s University Belfast, and NCTE’s Assembly for Research in Birmingham, Alabama. His most recent chapter ‘From the Screen to the Streets: Translating Digital Engagement into Performance Practice to Facilitate Multiple Contributions to Placemaking’ is published in IAB’s Negotiating Place and Space through Digital Literacies (2019). He is also collaborative founder and senior lecturer for the trans-Pennine MA in Performance Practice with Sheffield Hallam University.