Martin Heaney

Martin Heaney

Senior Lecturer

Drama, Theatre and Performance

Department of Music, Writing & Performance

Martin Heaney is a Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of East London. His teaching and practice draws on 30 years’ experience as a performer, and facilitator in drama education. He writes and researches, with a special interest in the representation of masculinity and young people. He is beginning a research bid with partners to explore the relevance of historic subjects in the production of contemporary drama.

Martin is also engaged with racial equity initiatives, in particular exploring the idea of staff dialogue with students to eradicate the degree award gap for students identified as black or minority ethnic. Some outcomes of this work can be viewed online.

Areas Of Interest

I continue to work in the Get Creative programme led by Creative Barking and Dagenham, exploring the role of artist-facilitators as cultural connectors. This initiative reflects my professional experience as a leader in directing and evaluating school/artist partnerships and collaborations.

This work is part of a long-term engagement in researching the role of the academic as cultural intermediary and broker of cross-sectoral networking and collaboration.

I also am developing networks with artists and academics with interests in working in arts-based research to address 'toxic' masculinity.