Adam Alston

Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Adam Alston is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Beyond Immersive Theatre: Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), numerous articles and chapters on immersive and participatory theatre and performance, co-editor of Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre (Bloomsbury, 2017), and co-editor of a special issue of Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies on ‘Decadence and Performance’ (Winter 2021). He also ran the AHRC-funded Staging Decadence project. His latest book, Staging Decadence: Contemporary Theatre and the Ends of Capitalism, will be coming out with Bloomsbury in 2023. 

Josephine Machon

School of Performing Arts
Middlesex University, London

Josephine Machon is Associate Professor in Contemporary Performance at Middlesex University, London. She is the author of The Punchdrunk Encyclopaedia (Routledge, 2019) Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance (Bloomsbury, 2013), (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, 2011), and has published widely on experiential, immersive and interactive performance. Josephine is Joint Editor for The Palgrave Macmillan Series in Performance & Technology, which includes her own co-edited collections in this area in its catalogue of titles. Her broad research interests address the audience experience and the creative intersections of theory and practice in performance. 

Gareth White

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London

Dr Gareth White is Reader in Theatre and Performance at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he is a teacher, researcher and a theatre director specialising in participatory practices. His writing includes Audience Participation in Theatre: Aesthetics of the Invitation (Palgrave, 2013), a monograph theorising the transformation of spectators into performers, Applied Theatre: Aesthetics (Methuen, 2015), exploring the idea of the aesthetic in performance practice with social aims, and the forthcoming  Meaning in the Midst of Performance: Contradictions of Participation (Routledge, 2023).