Professor Upton leads the School of Media and Performing Arts at Middlesex. She joined the University in 2012 as Dean and Professor of Theatre. Prior to joining the University she held the Chair in Drama at the University of Ulster and was previously a lecturer in Drama and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Hull.
Fluent French, rusty German, a very small amount of Russian.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Twenty years' teaching experience spanning: Directing; Space and performance; Liveness and documentation; Modern Irish theatre; French Classical Theatre; Beckett; Avant-Garde Performance; African and Caribbean theatre.
Erasmus Teaching Fellowship
Research Outputs & Interests
She has published in the areas of translation for performance, directing, documentary and verbatim theatre and contemporary theatre practice. She is particularly interested in theatre in Ireland and Northern Ireland and theatre and social justice as well as European avant-garde performance practices. She is founding editor of Performing Ethos: An international journal of ethics in theatre and performance, and maintains an active profile as a director and translator.
She has previously supervised doctoral students in the following broad areas:
mixed reality performance and spectatorship
liminal space on the contemporary Irish stage
community theatre in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement
Japanese theatre and cultural identity
actor training in Ireland
working class theatre in Ireland
the role of the dramaturg in contemporary British theatre
Upton, Carole-Anne (2009) The performance of truth and justice in Northern Ireland: the case of Bloody Sunday. In: Get real: documentary theatre past and present. Forsyth, Alison and Megson, Chris , eds. Performance Interventions . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 179-194. ISBN 9780230221154
Upton, Carole-Anne (2011) The translator as metteur en scene, with reference to Les Aveugles [The Blind] by Maurice Maeterlinck. In: Staging and performing translation: text and theatre practice. Baines, Roger and Marinetti, Cristina and Perteghella, Manuela , eds. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 31-48. ISBN 9780230228191
Professor Upton has sat on a variety of panels with the AHRC including the Commissioning Panel for Beyond Text and the Postgraduate Review Group, and has reviewed for both the IRCHSS and the Higher Education Academy. She was formerly Senior Academic Advisor for Drama to PALATINE and remains an academic associate of the HEA and a member of the national advisory group for Drama, Dance and Music. She has worked with the QAA at various times and is a former Chair of SCUDD, the subject association for Drama in higher education. She advised the CEA on the development of a new Performing Arts A Level in Northern Ireland and is currently part of the A Level Review Advisory Group for Drama for Pearson Edexcel. She was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Hull Truck Theatre.