Academic teaching and research

As Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Maria Delgado oversees the institution’s research culture.  She is a member of the School’s Executive Management Group and academic leadership team, and also contributes to graduate teaching. She holds an honorary fellowship at the University of London’s Institute for Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study. She is listed in Who’s Who and holds honorary Life Membership of the Standing Committee of University Drama Departments [SCUDD] and the Theatre and Performance Research Association [TaPRA]. Her awards include the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Editing Award (2013), the Premi Joan Centrós (2008), and the Condecoración Reina Isabel la Católica (Encomienda) for her work on Spanish culture (2003).

In her previous positions at Queen Mary University of London, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Hull she taught courses on dramaturgy, directing, translation, performance and film analysis, and arts journalism.  She has supervised doctorates in the area of Cuban theatre, Spanish theatre and film, film festivals, Argentine theatre and film, rehearsal methodologies, Catalan performance, social theatre, translation for the stage, cultural policy and branding in Barcelona, film festivals and directors’ theatre. She has given over 60 guest lectures at a range of universities and cultural institutions within the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and South America and held fellowships and residencies at the University of Queensland, Stockholm and UC-Davis.

She is a member of the Leverhulme Trust’s Advisory Panel and HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange. Her extensive experience of research management and leadership includes membership of a range of AHRC committees and panels, including its BGP2 Expressions of Interest and Moderating Panels (2012-13) and its Strategic Reviewers’ Group (2011-13), as well as overseas consultancy work and assessment (e.g. European Science Foundation and Portuguese Scientific Foundation). She was a member of the panel for Drama, Dance and the Performing Arts for the Research Assessment Framework [RAE2008] and chaired the panel for Music, Drama, Dance and the Performing Arts for the Research Excellence Framework’s REF2014.