With a professional and academic background in dance and performance, Beth delivers practice and critical thinking strands of the BA Hons Theatre & Performance programme. Her artistic and academic interests lie in developing the notion of embodied knowledge and what is offered and revealed through this lens.  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.  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 for Movement and Dance

World Dance Alliance (Americas)

Academic and research interests

Roots & Identity, Equality & Diversity

Practice & Creativity as Research

German Expressionism in Dance, TanzTheater, Japanese Butoh

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: â€˜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