Mike Pacey

Mike Pacey

Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Study and Performance

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME108

+44 (0) 1772 89 5344


Subject Areas: Theatre and Performance, Contemporary Art

Mike Pacey is a writer, director and artist and has created theatre, film and video installation pieces for a range of venues, both nationally and internationally.

Full Profile

Mike Pacey is a writer/director, artist and lecturer, with research interests encompassing contemporary theatre and performance, live art, time based practices, digital media, site-specific art, video installation and participatory art/performance. His theatre work centres on experimental and multimedia performance. His writing and directing credits include the Sunday Times/NSDF Award winning Jack which also received a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring nationally. Other works include Portait of Dora: After Cixous  (Chapman Theatre), Sex + Essence (Edinburgh Festival),  Volatile/Bodies (Green Room Theatre, Manchester and Nottingham Expo) and Showtime (Aspects Touring Company). Mike’s broad cross-disciplinary art practice has been shown at a range of theatres, galleries and festivals. He has also participated in many conferences, workshops and symposia and exhibited video installation work nationally and internationally. He is currently developing a practice-based research project exploring the themes of memory, nostalgia and the Uncanny in contemporary performance.

Teaching activities

Mike teaches on the BA Theatre and Performance course and is Postgraduate Research Supervisor on a number of projects. He is Module Leader for Theatre in Context, Theatre and Performance Research, Professional Practice and Practice-as-Research project.

External roles

  • Partner College Link Tutor
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • SEDA member


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
SEDA member

External Activities

Selected Publications/Performances/Exhibitions:

2017   ‘Phantasmagoria’ On-going practice-as-research project.

2015   ‘Living Dolls: A radical estrangement or uncanny interactions in a world of automata’ Theatre and Performance Conference, UCLan.

2014   ‘Creative Dissent and Collaborative Learning’, Poster Presentation at Sharing Practice Conference, University of Central Lancashire.

2014   ‘Cinematic Theatre’, International Master Class Workshop, Bonn International School, Germany.

2013   ‘Printing Out the Internet’ exhibition at the LABOR Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.

2008   ‘Hapless Fictions (Set Adrift)’ Performance/Installation, Art Concept Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2006   ‘Madeleine’. International Festival of Film and Technology, Seattle, USA.

2004   ‘Objects & Atmospheres’, Site-specific performance workshops (New Territories Winter School), Tramway Theatre, Glasgow.


Mike's current research interests encompass four broad areas of contemporary arts practice:

  • ‘Place, Memory and Performance’. Site-Specific and Site-Orientated Practices; Site, Place and Space; Theatre and Archaeology; Deep Mapping; Nostalgia and Cultural Memory.
  • ‘The Uncanny in Contemporary Art’. Phantasmagoria and Hauntology; Puppetry, Automata; Performance and Objects; Ventriloquism; Variety and Vaudeville Theatre.
  • ‘Participatory Art’. Socially Engaged Practices; Performance and Ethics; Constructed Situations; Relational Aesthetics; Flash Mobs; Choreographic and Immersive Theatre; Re-enactments; Simulations; the Politics of Spectatorship
  • ‘Multimedia Performance’. Cinematic Theatre; Digital Art; Video Installation; Photography and Performance.