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Miranda Lundskaer-Nielsen

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Personal statement

Miranda is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Musical Theatre, specialising in Musical Theatre, American Drama and Dramaturgy.

Her practical experience includes work as an associate director on productions of "Marriage of Figaro", "Macbeth", Ostrovsky's "A Family Affair", a new adaptation of Alain Fournier's "Le Grand Meaulne"s and the world premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's translation of "Pelleas and Melisande".

In New York, her experience as a script reader, literary manager and dramaturg included work for the New York Public Theater, commercial producer Jim Freydberg and the writer-driven Harbor Theatre Company. From 2004-5 she was a Founding Producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

In London, Miranda worked as Programme Coordinator for Mercury Musical Developments and served on the steering committee of Musical Theatre Matters, a networking organisation for directors and producers.

Before joining Bath Spa, she lectured on Drama and Musical Theatre at the University of Greenwich and Goldsmiths College, London.

At Bath Spa University, Miranda has taught modules in Theatre History, Tragedy and Dramaturgy and introduced practical and theoretical modules on Musical Theatre to the Drama curriculum, which she has now developed into a Musical Theatre pathway through the BA Drama programme. She also led the creation of a foundation degree and BA top-up degree in Musical Theatre that is delivered at our partner institution, Weston College, for which she is now the Bath Spa link tutor for both programmes.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) University College London
  • MA RADA/Kings College London
  • PhD Columbia University, New York.

Professional qualifications

  • PGCE English and Drama - Institute of Education, London.

Teaching specialism

  • Musical Theatre
  • American Drama
  • Dramaturgy.

External roles

I served three years as the External Examiner for MA Musical Theatre at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Current scholarship

I have a special interest in comparative analysis of British and American musicals and am currently working on a performance analysis of "Gypsy".

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Directors and the New Musical Drama: British and American musical theatre in the 1980s and 90s
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2008) Directors and the New Musical Drama: British and American musical theatre in the 1980s and 90s. Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History . Palgrave Macmillan, New York; Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230601291


“In this England, in these times” : redefining the British musical from 1970-present
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2017) '“In this England, in these times” : redefining the British musical from 1970-present.' In: Everett, W.A and Laird, P.R, eds. The Cambridge companion to the musical. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 301-322. ISBN 9781107535299


Cameron Mackintosh: control, collaboration and the creative producer
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2017) 'Cameron Mackintosh: control, collaboration and the creative producer.' In: Gordon, R and Jubin, O, eds. The Oxford handbook of the British musical. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 537-560. ISBN 9780199988747


The Prince-Sondheim legacy
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2014) 'The Prince-Sondheim legacy.' In: Gordon, R, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies. Oxford University Press, pp. 97-116. ISBN 9780195391374


Musical theatre writer training in Britain: contexts, developments and opportunities
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2015) 'Musical theatre writer training in Britain: contexts, developments and opportunities.' Studies in Musical Theatre, 9 (2). pp. 129-141. ISSN 1750-3159


The long road to recognition: New musical theatre development in Britain
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2013) 'The long road to recognition: New musical theatre development in Britain.' Studies in Musical Theatre, 7 (2). ISSN 1750-3159


An unlikely diva - Imelda Staunton as Mrs. Lovett and Mama Rose
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2016) An unlikely diva - Imelda Staunton as Mrs. Lovett and Mama Rose. In: Song Stage and Screen XI, 27 - 30 June 2016, City University of New York, New York, USA.


Cameron Mackintosh – control, collaboration and the creative producer
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2014) Cameron Mackintosh – control, collaboration and the creative producer. In: Song, Stage and Screen IX: The Art of Collaboration in Musical Theatre, 24-26 June 2014, Sheridan College, Oakville, Canada.


Teaching writers and musical theatre in industry and higher education.
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2013) Teaching writers and musical theatre in industry and higher education. In: Song, stage and screen VIII conference 2013 : what we do when we do what we do: process and performance in musical theatre, 2-4 July 2013, Central school of speech and drama. London.


The curse of global success? An exploration of new musical theatre development in Britain
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2012) The curse of global success? An exploration of new musical theatre development in Britain. In: Song, stage and screen VII: The musical's global conquest, 2-5 July 2012, University of Groningen, Holland..


Introduction and 'what next?'
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2009) Introduction and 'what next?'. In: Putting it together: Teaching musical theatre in UK higher education, 27-28 March 2009, Newton Park, Bath Spa University..


Stephen Sondheim and the notion of the auteur
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Lundskaer-Nielsen, M (2005) Stephen Sondheim and the notion of the auteur. In: Stephen Sondheim: Collaborator and Auteur, 25-27 November 2005, Goldsmiths College, London.


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