Dr Daniel Somerville


Lecturer in Drama and Performance

Department of Theatre and Film

Contact Details

email: d.somerville@worc.ac.uk

Daniel Somerville is an artist practitioner, lecturer and practice researcher. His research interests are in the fields of performance, theatre, gender and opera studies, with particular focus on the concept of the ‘operatic’ and how this manifests in terms of movement, performance practice and convention, and how this may be applied to contemporary performance making. As an artist practitioner he has choreographed, directed and performed nationally (including at The Place, Chisenhale Dance Space and Duckie in London, and for Birmingham Rep) and internationally (including National Theatre Namibia, Market Theatre - Johannesburg, Liberdade Provisoria - Lisbon and on a tour of the Czech Republic). Daniel was supported by Arts Council England for his dance trilogy Episodes. Commissions include Water Garden Ballet for SHOUT festival in Birmingham and The Canterbury Masque for Accidental Collective as the inaugural performance at the Colyer-Ferguson Concert Hall at The University of Kent, Canterbury. Daniel’s PhD research was supported by The Centre for Art and Design Research Experimentation (CADRE) at the University of Wolverhampton. Previous academic positions include as a research assistant and visiting tutor at Goldsmiths (BA and MA students), as visiting lecturer, and mentor (BA students) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and as a visiting lecturer at University of Wolverhampton (BA and MA students). Daniel is also a specialist online tutor in Opera Studies for Rose Bruford College.


  • PhD from University of Wolverhampton 
    Thesis title: Body Opera: In search of the ‘operatic’ in the performance of the body
  • MA Performance Making (distinction) from Goldsmiths
  • BA Theatre Practice: Alternative Theatre and New Performance Practice (1st) from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Teaching & Research

Research interests:

Practice research methodologies 
Operatic movement 
Opera as a model for contemporary performance 
Anecdote and autobiography 
Gender studies and queer theory

Teaching interests:

Physical theatre 
Theatre practices 
Contemporary performance 
Sexuality in performance


The Emergence of the Operatic Cambridge Scholars Press 2016

External Responsibilities

Specialist online tutor in Opera Studies at Rose Bruford College