Faye Rigopoulou


Telephone: (0030)6951800793 

College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Drama
Department: Drama Department

I am a PhD candidate in my final year in the Drama Department at the University of Exeter, and I have received the Cawthra fund for the academic years 2018-2020 and the Sir Richard Stapley grant for the academic year 2021-2022. My current research focuses on ageing female vocality in mid-20th- and early 21st-century Western Anglophone musical theatre, focusing both on original productions and revivals. Specifically, my research aims to identify and challenge preconceived perceptions, impression, and understandings of female ageing in musical theatre, to appreciate and propound the vocal presence of musical theatre ageing female performers, and to argue for intergenerational equity perspectives and interpretations of female vocal roles for ageing performers in musical theatre. 

Recently I have been appointed as one of the convenors of TaPRA's working group 'Sound, Voice and Music' and I am the representative for the South West of the Mercury Musical Developments organisation (MMD). I am a member of IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research), a member of ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts), and the co-founder of the Performing Practices Working Group (PPWG). I'm also a member of the Voice, Sound and Music Cluster, and a member of the Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures at the University of Exeter, (https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/drama/research/centres/performancehistoriescultures/) as well as a member of the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices. (https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/drama/research/centres/contemporaryperformancepractices/).

I have an MA (Distinction, 2017) in Professional Practice (Musical Theatre) (Middlesex University). My research focused on performers education in musical theatre, cross-cultural communication and emotional expression, and musical theatre pedagogies in South East Asia. I have attended the BA programme in Musicology at the Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki with focus on Pedagogy (1992-1995).

Some of my other formal qualifications include a Piano Virtuosity Diploma (2006, awarded with Distinction), a Harmony Diploma (2003, awarded with Distinction), a Woodwind and Brass Instrumentation Diploma (2003, awarded with Dinstinction), and an Audio Engineering Diploma (2010, SAE Institute, Athens). I have received training in Stanislavski's System, and training on advanced characterisation (Laban movement). I have trained at the Academy of Russian Ballet (A. Petrova) in Greece (classical ballet) and at the National Conservatoire of Athens (piano virtuosity, voice, and composition). I have been awarded a scholarship from the European Community for Arts and Music to attend Masterclasses with Julia and Konstantin Ganev (Piano Virtuosity) and Dr Alexander Raichev (Music Composition). I have also a Diploma on Byzantine monody sight reading (National Conservatoire Manolis Kalomiris, 1990).

I have had an active career in acting, and performing in musical theatre  as well as a long service in directing musical theatre (Greece, Taiwan).  I have taught musical theatre since 2004, and between the years 2010 and 2018 I taught musical theatre acting and voice in Taiwan, and designed a performing arts curriculum working for the TW Ministry of Education. I have received the 'Award of Excellent Performance' by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan (18.09.2017) and have facilitated workshops on musical theatre for performers and performing arts educators.

In 2021 I convened, lead and lectured the module 'Voices Across Stage and Screen' (DRA2096), (inspired and originated by Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis). I have taught Greek ancient chorus for the module 'Voice for the Actor' (DRA2086) and I have supervised 'Acting and Directing' (DRA3030) and 'Staging the Text' (DRA2067). I have lead seminars and workshops for the modules: 'Practitioners in Context' (DRA1009) and 'Performance and Interpretation' (DRA2064). I am an active member of the Widening Participation programme of the University of Exeter leading workshops for Drama Scholars on Improvisation and Devising Musical Theatre (01/2019, 03/2019. 07/2019, 02/2020).

Online publications:

2022: Journal of Inderdiscplinary Voice Studies 7(2): 219-228:

'The sound of age in musical theatre: A conversation with musical theatre's ageing female performers.


2020: Academic Journal Skene - Aristoteleion University of Salonica, Greece, Vol 12:

 'Επιστροφή από το μακριά, από το πάντα, και από το χωρίς: «Μεγαλύτερες» γυναίκες στο musical theatre' 


2019: Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training Blog (TDPT): 'Where is the vocal training ageing female musical theatre performers?' (12/2019)


Book Reviews:

Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies 6(2) pp.225-228

Intellect Limites 2021  https://doi.org/10.1386/jivs_00049_5


2023: Studies In Musical Theatre: 'Pick a Pocket or Two. A History of British Musical Theatre by Ethan Mordden (2021). Review