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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Joseph Prestwich

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Teaching Associate, German
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages & Linguistics
Contact details: 

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Joseph Prestwich is a Teaching Associate specializing in theatre and performance and works regularly as an actor and theatre practitioner. 

He was awarded a PhD in German and Theatre and Performance Studies from King’s College London in July 2022, having previously trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. Prior to joining Cambridge, Joseph worked as a Lecturer in German at King’s College London (2021 – 2022).

Joseph is Assistant Director of the Arts Council England funded improvisation company ShakeItUp Theatre, and is currently working with the Young Vic Theatre on their theatre-in-education project INNOVATE (2021 – 2023).    

Teaching interests: 

•    German-language theatre and performance (18th-century to the present day)
•    Bertolt Brecht’s theatre
•    Turkish-German literature and film 
•    Translation

Research interests: 

•    Theatre in translation
•    Anglo-German theatrical exchange
•    European theatre networks
•    Goethe’s theatrical practice    

Recent research projects: 

Joseph is currently developing a practice-based postdoctoral research project on Goethe’s approaches to acting and theatre-making.