Dr Josephine Machon


NameDr Josephine Machon
Job titleAssociate Professor
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4464-8947
Contact categoryResearcher (past)

Biography

Biography

Josephine is Associate Professor in Contemporary Performance at Middlesex University and Programme Leader for its MA Theatre Arts. Prior to joining Middlesex in 2012, she taught Theatre at Brunel University (2007-2012), and established the Physical Theatre Programme at St. Mary's University, Twickenham (2004-2007).

An internationally renowned scholar, she is author of The Punchdrunk Encyclopaedia (Routledge 2019), which was an Amazon #1 Bestseller in the Theatre & Performance charts and Longlisted for The Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize, 2020. Josephine is also the author of Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance (Palgrave 2013), which received the prestigious award of Outstanding Academic Title in the CHOICE Awards, 2014, was shortlisted for The David Bradby TaPRA Award, 2015, and longlisted for The Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize 2014. Her first monograph, (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance (Palgrave 2009) was revised with a new preface in 2011.She continues to publish widely on instruction-led, interactive and experiential performance. 

Josephine is Joint Editor of The Palgrave Macmillan Series in Performance & Technology and on editorial boards for International Journal Of Performance Arts & Digital Media and Body, Space, Technology. She peer reviews for global publishing houses, including Bloomsbury, Intellect and Routledge, alongside leading Performing Arts journals. She has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College since 2016 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2009.

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Audience improvisation in the immersive experiences: the sensuous world of the body in the work of Lundahl & Seitl

Machon, J. 2019. Audience improvisation in the immersive experiences: the sensuous world of the body in the work of Lundahl & Seitl. in: Midgelow, V. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 671-686

The Punchdrunk encyclopaedia

Machon, J. (ed.) 2018. The Punchdrunk encyclopaedia. London Routledge.

The aesthetics of immersion in Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Machon, J. 2017. The aesthetics of immersion in Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. in: Atkinson, S. and Kennedy, H. (ed.) Live Cinema: Cultures, Economies, Aesthetics. London Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 219-230

Missing rooms and unknown clouds: darkness and illumination in the work of Lundahl & Seitl

Machon, J., Lundahl, C. and Seitl, M. 2017. Missing rooms and unknown clouds: darkness and illumination in the work of Lundahl & Seitl. in: Alston, A. and Welton, M. (ed.) Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre London Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. pp. 147-168

On being immersed: the pleasure of being: washing, feeding, holding

Machon, J. 2017. On being immersed: the pleasure of being: washing, feeding, holding. in: Frieze, J. (ed.) Reframing Immersive Theatre: The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 29-42

Watching, attending, sense-making: spectatorship in immersive theatres

Machon, J. 2016. Watching, attending, sense-making: spectatorship in immersive theatres. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English. 4 (1), pp. 34-48. https://doi.org/10.1515/jcde-2016-0004

Punchdrunk

Machon, J. 2015. Punchdrunk. in: Tomlin, E. (ed.) British theatre companies: 1995-2014 Methuen Drama.

Punchdrunk enrichment preliminary report. November 2014.

Machon, J. and Thompson, C. 2014. Punchdrunk enrichment preliminary report. November 2014. Middlesex University.

Blind(fold)ed by light in Lundahl & Seitl’s Symphony in a Missing Room: thinking out loud in the dark

Machon, J. 2014. Blind(fold)ed by light in Lundahl & Seitl’s Symphony in a Missing Room: thinking out loud in the dark. Theatre in the Dark.. University of Surrey, SeedPOD Nodus Centre. 12 Jul 2014

(Syn)aesthetics and immersive theatre: embodied beholding in Lundahl & Seitl’s Rotating in a Room of Images

Machon, J. 2013. (Syn)aesthetics and immersive theatre: embodied beholding in Lundahl & Seitl’s Rotating in a Room of Images. in: Shaughnessy, N. (ed.) Affective performance and cognitive science Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Naomi Wallace and the politics of desire

Machon, J. 2013. Naomi Wallace and the politics of desire. in: Stevens Abbit, E. and Palmer, S. (ed.) The innovative theatre of Naomi Wallace: embodied dialogues Palgrave Macmillan.

Immersive theatres: intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance

Machon, J. 2013. Immersive theatres: intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance. Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan.

Immersed in illusion, haunted by history: Marisa Carnesky’s ghost train

Machon, J. 2013. Immersed in illusion, haunted by history: Marisa Carnesky’s ghost train. in: Jenzen, O. and Munt, S. (ed.) The Ashgate research companion to paranormal cultures Ashgate. pp. 241-254

Immersive performance, (syn)aesthetics and the phenomenology of technologies

Machon, J. 2013. Immersive performance, (syn)aesthetics and the phenomenology of technologies. in: Shaughnessy, N. (ed.) Affective performance and cognitive science: body, brain and being Bloomsbury.

Woven bodies, woven cultures

Boddington, G. 2012. Woven bodies, woven cultures. in: Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (ed.) Identity, performance and technology: practices of empowerment, embodiment and technicity Pelgrave Macmillan. pp. 77-90

Identity, performance and technology: practices of empowerment, embodiment and technicity

Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (ed.) 2012. Identity, performance and technology: practices of empowerment, embodiment and technicity. Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan.

(Syn)aesthetics: redefining visceral performance

Machon, J. 2011. (Syn)aesthetics: redefining visceral performance. Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.

Performance and technology: practices of virtual embodiment and interactivity

Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (ed.) 2011. Performance and technology: practices of virtual embodiment and interactivity. Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.

Sensualities/textualities and technologies: writings of the body in 21st Century performance

Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (ed.) 2010. Sensualities/textualities and technologies: writings of the body in 21st Century performance. Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan.

Performance and technology: practices of virtual embodiment and interactivity

Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (ed.) 2006. Performance and technology: practices of virtual embodiment and interactivity. Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.

Bodies without bodies

Melrose, S. 2006. Bodies without bodies. in: Broadhurst, S. and Machon, J. (ed.) Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment and Interactivity Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-12
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