Dr Catriona Craig


Senior Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Performance


Catriona Craig studied Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London where she was also awarded her PhD on stand-up comedy “Alternative Comedy and the Politics of Live Performance”

Her research interests are comedy, popular performance, creative process and the ethics of performance development.  She regularly presents papers at conferences and recently published a chapter (“Comedy Improvisation and Middlebrow Culture”) in Theorising the Popular (ed. Brennan 2017). For the past three years she has served as co-convenor of the Popular Performance Working Group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).  She is also on the Dramaturg’s Network Anti-Racist Working Group.

She trained as a director on the Royal National Theatre Studio and Royal Court Theatre New Directors’ Schemes, but most of her career has involved working with theatre writers. She was on the literary panel of the Royal National Theatre for over a decade, and in March 2016 became Literary Manager of Out of Joint. She is now Associate Dramaturg for the company and also works freelance.

As a TV script editor she was in-house at BBC Comedy for five years and has worked widely as a freelancer in the UK and Ireland, including the drama series, Legend, which was nominated for Best TV Drama at the Irish IFTAs in 2007, and TG4’s Grace Harte, which won the Best Drama Award at Prix Circom in 2018. Her own short film The Problem with Pets, won a series of awards in 2007/8.