With a professional and academic background in dance and performance, Beth's interests lie in creative practice through performance as a researchable field.  She advocates for practice and creativity as a way of researching and discovering new information, in addition to it being a way to access existing theory such as the branches of phenomenology or research methodology.  Areas of practical exploration and consideration include German expressionism, TanzTheatre, Jazz Dance & African Diaspora and Japanese Butoh.  Beth takes particular interest in the medium of film, inspired by working collaboratively in a range of performance and creative direction roles.  

Photo credit: Virtual Shoot #4, Photography by Adam Kennedy. A creative and global scale virtual photography project in response to the closure of performance venues, 2020 onwards as a result of the pandemic. (3rd May 2020)

Qualifications and memberships

MA Choreography & Performance (University of Bedfordshire)

BA Hons Modern Languages, French & Spanish (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching for Higher Education (Univeristy of Cumbria)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy - FHEA

Foundation Degree Dance (Newcastle College)


Theatre and Performance Research Association (TAPRA)

Laban Guild International

World Dance Alliance (Americas)

Academic and research interests

Roots & Identity, Equality & Diversity

Creative Practice, Practice Research, Artistic Research

German Expressionism in Dance, TanzTheater, Japanese Butoh, Jazz Dance

People's Dances, Social Dances, African Diaspora

Dance Improvisation, Dance Environments


Conferences & Creative Outputs

Ashley & Loughran (2018) 'Creative Practice & Documentation: Nuturing the Environment', The Artist Researcher in Performance: Situating Artistic Enquiry in Research Design, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, 6-7th June 2018.

Sandy Williams ft. Beth Loughran Exhaustion V, May 2017 - Univeristy of Cumbria, Insitute of the Arts, UK & November 2018 - 'Cubed' Luminous Festival, Pensacola Museum of Art, Florida USA. Series availabe at


Loughran, B. (2021) 'Sharing my practice and research in higher education: ‘universal soul’, university soul, my university role and context', Movement, Dance and Drama: the magazine of the Laban Guild, (40:2), available here courtesy of

Book Reviews

Loughran, B. (2022) Embodied Performance: Ecologies of Skill by Kath Bicknell & John Sutton (eds)National Drama: Drama Research, volume 13 (Available at

Recent external roles

FRAME West Cumbria Cultural Educational Partnership University of Cumbria Representative