Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson

Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson

Reader/ Head of Department English, Creative Writing & American Studies

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


  • PhD


Dr Dickenson's recent and current research projects have attracted funding from: The British Council, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery fund, Goethe-Institut and the Wellcome Trust. As a playwright her plays are at the core of her research projects including the recent REF! Working with Space2, CSI and the Rugby Football League the play is based on the memories of one of the first female referees to referee men’s matches both in England and in Australia. The play has already toured the Rugby League heartlands and will be performed in all the cities involved in the Rugby League World cup and at the House of Commons. The material from the complete project will be realised as a significant section in the Rugby League museum to be opened in Bradford 2021.

Dr Dickenson's plays have been performed across Europe. For example, she was commissioned to write a play for the Goethe-Institut to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The play Not Yet was performed in the UK in February 2009 at various venues. Of the 18 plays commissioned by the Goethe-Institut from across Europe, Not Yet was one of seven chosen to be performed at the culminating festival in Dresden and Mulheim November 2009.

Not Yet was also filmed by the Christmas TV & Film Company and now translated, in conjunction with the Languages into Schools project, forms the core of a language pack for A level students.

Dr Dickenson has given keynote/invited speaker presentations for The Goethe-Institut, SEDA The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Wellcome Trust and the Hull and Yorkshire NHS Trust.

Dr Dickenson was a commissioned playwright on Graeae Theatre Company's Write To Play programme, October 2015 - November 2016. Graeae Theatre Company is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage.

Dr Dickenson is a PFHEA and a National Teaching Fellow

Recent outputs

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Dickenson, S. J. (2019). REF!. London: Barbican Press

That Berlin Moment

Dickenson, S. J. (2014). That Berlin Moment. London: Barbican Press


Dickenson, S. J. (2014). CBA. London: Barbican Press

Journal Article

The 'Not Knowns': memory, narrative and applied theatre

Conroy, C., Dickenson, S. J., & Mazzoni, G. (2018). The ‘Not Knowns’: memory, narrative and applied theatre. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 23(1), 56-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2017.1398641

The playwright and applied drama

Dickenson, S. J. (2015). The playwright and applied drama. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20(3), 285-287. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2015.1060122

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Dickenson has recently supervised students working on Creative Writing projects