Becka McFadden holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London (Sociology of Theatre & Performance Research Group) and an MA in Theatre from Villanova University. Her research focuses on contemporary Czech physical and dance theatre and has been published in Performance Research and Dance, Theatre & Performance Training. She is the recipient of SCUDD’s 2014 David Bradby Award for early career research in European Theatre and an alumna of the American Council of Learned Societies’ East European Studies Fellowship programme.
Becka’s teaching focuses on dramaturgy, devising and performance-making. Prior academic appointments include Associate Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, where she convened Dramaturgy for BA English and Drama students, introducing studio teaching into the module and supporting the development of independent student work. As Research Facilitator in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at University of Roehampton, she collaborated on interdisciplinary events organised by the Centre for Performance Research and Creative Exchange and co-curated of Of Two Minds: An Afternoon on Duet Collaboration at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells. Other teaching appointments include University of St. Mark and St. John, where she directed and produced a devised, physical theatre adaptation of Shelley’s Swellfoot the Tyrant for the BA acting company, which subsequently toured to venues across Greece. As Assistant Professor of Performance and Theatre Arts at Richmond, the American International University in London, she convened the inaugural performance-making capstone module for graduating students.
Becka is artistic director of Beautiful Confusion Collective, which creates performance works inspired by the body and socio-cultural terrains through which it moves. Current/recent projects include BackStories (Arts Council England-funded R&D; Resolution! 2015; Alfred ve dvoře, Prague; Vyrsodepseio, Athens; 2016 Brighton Fringe - Space to Dance Award shortlist); Does Becka Speak Czech? and things that happened on the street. With Beautiful Confusion, she is the founding artist of the Performance Development Studios at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre and co-founder and co-curator of the Impermanent Festival of Contemporary Performance, returning in November 2016. As a freelance performer and director, her work focuses on site-specific work, community performance and new European writing. She has worked with Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Eliza Soroga, Deborah Nash, The Counter Institute/Goossun Art-illery, Parrabbola, Theatre Lab Company and LegalAliens.