School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Rosalind Haslett

Lecturer in Dramatic Literature




Having gained a BA in Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin, I went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing at Queens University Belfast. Following this, I wrote my doctoral thesis on the history of the dramaturgy profession in Anglo-American theatre at the University of Ulster. I held the position of Lecturer in Drama at the University of Sunderland from 2010 to 2011, and joined the School of English at Newcastle University in September 2011.





I am strongly interested in theatre’s ability to create communities, and in the way that these communities are sustained by storytelling forms such as anecdote, reminiscence and the telling of jokes. I have studied regional and community theatre as it emerges in a variety of different contexts, and looked at processes of production and creation, risk and failure. 

My research is always informed by my creative work as a playwright & librettist. My work has been performed in Dublin, London and New York; and translated into Romanian and Italian.


Current work

I am currently working on two exciting projects of co-creation with external partners, both of whom have generously donated their archives to Special Collections at Robinson Library.

  1. I have been working with Live Theatre since 2012 on the preservation of this organisation’s rich cultural heritage. We are currently mapping the theatre’s extensive archive and using oral history to access the tacit knowledge associated with this. I am in the process of writing a monograph on the theatre’s history as a working-class theatre.
  2. As part of a small team drawn from Open Clasp theatre and the University, including my colleague Kate Chedgzoy and Catrina McHugh MBE, I have been working to find ways of engaging with Open Clasp theatre’s archive which reflect this organisation’s democratic and ethos-driven processes.

These projects are distinct but overlapping. Both engage with archive theory and require interdisciplinary and creative collaboration and both seek new ways of working, and engaging with creative practitioners and their audiences. 



Semester one

I am on research leave

Semester two

SEL1031 Drama, Theatre & Performance (Module convenor)

SEL1023 Transformations (Lecturer)

SEL2210 Independent Research Project (Supervisor and workshop leader)

SEL3365 Independent Essay (Supervisor)

SEL3362 English Literature Dissertation (Supervisor)