Amy Skinner

Dr Amy Skinner

Lecturer/ Programme Leader, MA Theatre Making

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465926

Dr Skinner has been associated with drama and music at the University of Hull since beginning her undergraduate degree here in 1999.

Her teaching interests include theatre directing, Russian and early Soviet theatre, theatre for children, and theatres of the avant-garde.

Alongside her academic work, Dr Skinner is an active theatre director and scenographer, specialising in productions of texts in translation or in multiple languages.

She also has experience as a community theatre practitioner, and in creating performance with and for children, young people and marginalised groups.


Research Interests

  • The relationship between theatre directing and scenography

  • Early 20th century Russian avant-garde theatre

  • The work of Vsevolod Meyerhold, as director, actor trainer, and theatre theorist

  • Theatre documentation, particularly theatre photography

  • The interdisciplinary relationship between theatre and fine art, with a focus on cubist theatres and on theatre and collage practice


‘Performance Translation: Digitization, Desire, Intention and Interpretation in Photographic Documentation’, (chapter, with Allan Taylor and Helen Newall), Documenting Performance (ed. Toni Sant), Bloomsbury, 2017.

‘Exploring the Hinterlands: Avant-Garde Temporality, Socialist Realism and Pogodin’s Aristocrats’, Studies in Theatre and Performance, Russian avant-garde special issue, (ed. Kate Dorney), 2017.

Meyerhold and the Cubists: Perspectives on Painting and Performance (monograph), Intellect, 2015

‘More than the Sum of their Parts: Ensemble in the Theatre of Vsevolod Meyerhold’ (chapter), Encountering Ensemble (ed. John Britton), Methuen, 2013.

‘Riding the Waves: Biomechanics in Britain’ (chapter), Russians in Britain (ed. Jonathan Pitches), Routledge, 2011.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Approaches to Theatre 1

  • Theatre Practice 1 and 2 (Theatre for Children)

  • Connections in Contemporary Performance

  • Russian Theatre from Gogol to 1940

  • Staging Musical Theatre

  • Dissertation


  • Place, Space and Performance

  • Research Project

Research PhDs

Dr Skinner welcomes applications in the areas of Russian and Early Soviet Theatre, the relationship between theatre direction and scenography, and the documentation of theatre (particularly theatre photography).​​

Current PhD supervisions 

Lucy Fielding, Meyerhold's Biomechanics in Contemporary Actor Training

Eva Danickova, Collaborative Models for Theatre Translation

Cat Fergusson Baugh, Digital Modelling of Historical Theatres

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate

  • HEA Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hull)

  • PhD (Hull)

External roles

  • Expert panel member: Physical Actor Training MOOC (FutureLearn)

  • Co-ordinator: Russian Theatre Research Network UK

  • Executive Committee member of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments

Awards and accolades

2011 Marsh Award

Professional highlights

Conference Papers

  • 2015 - ‘CommonSpace, DistancedSpace, SharedSpace: Meyerhold’s Imagined Scenographies’

  • 2015 - IFTR Scenography Working Group at the Prague Quadrennial (Prague Quadrennial 2015)

  • 2014 - ‘The Philosophy of Shadows, or, how Meyerhold’s theatre met the challenge of four dimensions’ Theatre and Stratification, IFTR World Congress (University of Warwick)

  • 2013 - ‘Soviet Afterlives: The Story of Socialist Realist Theatre in the UK’ British Comparative Literature Association Triennial Conference (University of Essex)

  • 2012 - ‘Quantum Leaps: Scenography, Collage, and Multiple Consciousness as a Model for Theatre in Translation’ IFTR Scenography Working Group (Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague)

Theatre Direction

  • 2014 - A Month in the Country (Ivan Turgenev), Minghella Studio, University of Hull (direction and scenography)

  • 2013 - The Light in the Piazza (Adam Guettel), Middleton Hall, University of Hull (direction)

  • 2013 - Call Me, Love Me (Melanie Ball, in collaboration with the Samaritans, Hull), Donald Roy Theatre, University of Hull (direction and scenography)

  • 2012 - The Suicide (Nikolai Erdman), Donald Roy Theatre, University of Hull (direction)