Senior Lecturer, Theatre and Acting

Misri is a theatre practitioner and director, working across contemporary theatre and performance. Her training reflects this, having trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1998) and at the Amsterdam School for New Dance Development (1993), as well as on the job. Industry experience includes touring of devised solo and group performance working nationally and internationally with companies like Travelling Light Theatre, Lusty Juventus, Singeltheater (Netherlands) and her own solo performance and radio works (Exeter Phoenix, Theatre Museum, London, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Sangaam). She has also performed in numerous classical works at The Gate Theatre, London, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and the London Coliseum amongst others. Alongside this, she worked freelance as a director and researcher for companies and individuals that include amongst others Augusto Boal (Brazil), Baz Kershaw (UK), Tariq Ali (UK), Marina Warner (UK), MusicWorks (UK), Clean Break Theatre (UK), Singel Theatre (Netherlands), Slederloj Youth Theatre (Belgium), Bibi Miller (USA). 

Her most current performance research involves two strands. The first is making and writing about solo contemporary performance, revolving around issues of diasporic mixed ethnicity and cultural identity. She was awarded a PhD in 2015, titled  Solo Devised Performance: A Practitioner's Enquiry, and has subsequently published several journal articles. Her book, ‘Making Solo Performance’ will be published in June 2018 with Palgrave Macmillan. She also founded and co-ordinates the Solo Contemporary Performance Forum, started at Dartington College of Arts in 2004 and which now works out of Falmouth and Bristol and supports and develops new solo performance work through laboratories, residencies, performance events and website platforms. Its partners include Trinity Arts Centre, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Residence, Bristol City Council and Falmouth University. In 2021 she was awarded Arts Council England funding to create a new theatre company, MisriDey Theatre, and a new comic solo, Family Tree, exploring diasporic family experiences, and stupid borders. A second and related research strand is Research England funded  work into Global Majority staff presence and embodiment in UK Higher Education creative departments, with a podcast series 'They just don't apply' due in Autumn 2022.

She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate Acting and Theatre degrees, directing productions, solo performances, taught MA programmes and examining  stage three theses and three PhD's.  from The University of Sydney (2018). She worked as an external examiner for four years with E15/ University of Essex, on their BA Hons. Community Theatre and Theatre Practices and is currently External Examiner at Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, on their Foundation and M.A Acting ( Companies).

External Links

Dr Misri Dey staff picture

Contact details

Telephone 01326 255906



Year Qualification Awarding body
2015 PhD Plymouth University
1998 Actor Training Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
1998 M.Phil Plymouth University
1993 Foundation Amsterdam School for New Dance
1988 B.A English Oxford University

Membership of external committees

Solo Contemporary Performance Forum

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Solo Performance
  • Solo Devising
  • Directing
  • Devising and Dramaturgy
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Postdramatic Theatre
  • Movement in Theatre
  • Race, Ethnicity and Identity Studies 

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Dey, Misri

    (2018), Making Solo Performance, Palgrave Macmillan, London, ISBN: 978-1-137-60326-5, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Dey, Misri

    (2018), Going Solo: Dr MIsri Dey discusses the past, present and future of solo performance., In: Chichester Festival Theatre Programme, Chichester Festival Theatre, United Kingdom, ISSN: N/A, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Dey, Misri

    (2017), Can you train on your own? How?, In: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal, Taylor and Francis ( Routledge), London, 8 (1), pp. 105-108, ISSN: 1944-3927
  • Dey, Misri and Sarco-Thomas, Malaika

    (2014), Framing the Gap: Contact (and) Improvisation, In: The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Intellect Ltd, Bristol, United Kingdom, 6 (2), ISSN: 17571871
  • Dey, Misri

    (2015), Shaking and Faking It: when is a vibrato not a vibrato?, In: Giving Voice, International Festival of the Voice, Centre for Performance Research, April 10 - 18th 2015, Falmouth University
  • Dey, Misri and Hartley, Ria

    (2015), Solo Contemporary Performance Forum Website
  • Dey, Misri

    (2015), Devising Solo Performance : A Practitioner’s Enquiry., (Submitted)
  • Dey, Misri and Sarco-Thomas, Malaika

    (2014), Contact [and] Improvisation, In: Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Intellect Ltd, Bristol, 6 (2), ISSN: 1757-1871, Item availability may be restricted.

Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting
GBP Arts Council England 4 UK central government bodies/local authorities, health & hospital authorities Bed 5000 2003 2003
GBP HEFCE 4 UK central government bodies/local authorities, health & hospital authorities Solo Forum 6000 2006 2006
Trinity Arts, Milkbar GBP Bristol City Council Solo Forum Lab 4500 2013 2013
Bristol Old Vic, Trinity Arts, MilkBar GBP Arts Council England Solo Showcase 10000 2014 2014
Anna Maria Murphy, Aga Blonska GBP Hall for Cornwall Leave to Remain 2000 2017 2017
GBP Arts Council England Project Award Family Tree £15,000 2021 2021

Research Students

Current research students

David Greeves - PhD (second year): 'How is pedagogical and performative practice improved through the understanding of cognitive and perceptive processes when acquiring and delivering skilled embodied movement within vertical dance?'

Previous student supervision

I have externally examined three PhD students, at Sydney University, Roehampton University and Plymouth University.

Number of research degree examinations



Areas of teaching

  • Solo performance
  • Devised Theatre
  • Contextual studies
  • directing productions
  • Voice
  • contact improvisation

Courses taught

  • BA Acting
  • BA Theatre and Performance

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

  • New solo in development - 'Leave To Remain' - Funded by Creation Space Hall for Cornwall. Due to premiere in Sept 2019.
  • Founded MisriDey Theatre in 2021, a diverse theatre company. First production ACE funded Family Tree, ta comic solo performance which toured Bristol, Exeter, and Falmouth, exploring stories from a diasporic family, migration and immigration. 

Social, community and cultural engagement

Executive Member Black Voices Cornwall

Engagement with professional associations and societies

Advance HE Fellowship Training