Rachel Hann

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

I am a cultural scenographer researching more-than-human cultures of performance design, climate crisis, and trans* performance. 

My current research focuses on how 'world imaginations' are practiced in an era of climate crisis, which draws upon Global South epistemologies (pluriversal thinking) and ideas associated with 'new materialism' (assemblage theory). These will form the basis for my next monograph entitled Enacting Worlds: Climate Crisis Scenographics. Building on my own experiences as a transwoman, I also have an emerging interest in what trans* performance (defined as performances made by and for gender variant individuals) can offer as an approach to non-binary performance making. These research projects align in my forthcoming chapter Gender-Assemblages: The Scenographics of Victoria Sin (Analyzing Gender in Performance, Palgrave).

Research interests

  • Scenography
  • Cultural perspectives on climate crisis
  • Trans* and non-binary performance
  • Architecture
  • Costume
  • Practice Research
  • Digital Humanities (virtual archeology)
  • Modernist Performance
  • Performing Technologies



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Leeds

    Computer-based 3D Visualization for Theatre Research: Towards an understanding of unrealized Utopian theatre architecture from the 1920s and 1930s

    2 Sep 2006 - 15 Jun 2011

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    1 Apr 2020 -