Nadine Deller: Biography


Nadine Deller is a PhD candidate undertaking a Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the National Theatre.


The aim of her thesis, ‘Deviancy and Potential in the Heterotopias of Black British Women’s Theatre’, is to critique and shed light on the position and work of black women playwrights in the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive (BPA) and consider new ways of archiving their work.


Nadine hosts That Black Theatre Podcast and also writes for leading film magazine, Sight & Sound.


Nadine's research is concerned with the position of black female playwrights within the BPA. To understand the positionality of black women playwrights in the BPA, it argues that a heterotopic analysis must be undertaken, which rigorously analyses the different positions that black women playwrights have occupied within the BPA, and therefore within British theatre. As well as highlighting the different positions of black women playwrights, Nadine will critique the current archival practices within the BPA, in order to propose different ways of analysing and archiving the work of black women, which is still often submerged.

Nadine Deller portrait