Dan Barnard

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance

Dan Barnard is a theatre director by training and has directed productions at theatres including Birmingham Rep, the Arcola, Ovalhouse, Southwark Playhouse and BAC. He also worked as Assistant Director on the Olivier Award-winning production Jerusaslem by Jez Butterworth in the West End. He now splits his time between LSBU and working as one of the lead artists of Fast Familiar, a company who create artworks which are playful, participatory and political and which often use digital technology in innovative ways.

Their recent productions The Justice Syndicate and The Evidence Chamber have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, the Irish Times and the Stage. They have collaborated with organisations including the Natural History Museum, the National Trust and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science.

At LSBU, Dan lead the Digital Performance Research group. His research centres on interactive theatre and performance and digital technologies. His academic writing has been published in journals including the International Journal of Performance and Digital Media, the Journal of Law and Humanities and Stanislavski Studies. He won Best Short Paper at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling 2018, for a presentation on Fast Familiar’s Looking for Love. At LSBU he teaches undergraduate modules on multimedia performance, devising and preparing for the professional world. He also undertakes PhD supervision.