Dr Ros Merkin

Liverpool Screen School


1993, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, PhD
1984, University of Essex, United Kingdom, MA Drama
1983, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, BA Hons Theatre Studies

Academic appointments

Reader in Drama, Drama, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008 - present
Senior Lecturer in Drama, Drama, Liverpool John Moores University, 2002 - 2008
Principal Lecturer in Drama, Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001 - 2002
Lecturer in Drama (Part-time), Drama, Bulmershe College of Higher Education (Reading University), 1993 - 1993
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Drama, Drama, Liverpool John Moores University, 1992 - 2001
Part Time Drama Lecturer, English, University of Warwick, 1990 - 1993


Merkin R. 2024. Entertainment is Essential: Commercial Touring Theatre in Britain During World War Two Cochrane C, Goddard L, Hinds C, Reid T. Routledge Companion to 20th Century Theatre Routledge. London

Merkin R. 2013. Liverpool Wiles D, Dymkowski C. The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History :91-115 15. Cambridge 978 0 521 14983 9

Merkin R. 2005. A Life Outside 7:84: John McGrath and the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Bradby D, Capon S. Freedom's Pioneer: John McGrath's Work in Theatre, Film and Television :25-38 University of Exeter Press. Exeter Publisher Url

Merkin R. 2000. No Space of Our Own? Margaret Mcnamara, Alma Brosnan, Ruth Dodds and the ILP Arts Guild Gale MB, Gardner V. Women, Theatre and Performance: New Histories, New Historiographies Manchester University Press. Manchester 9780719057137


Merkin R. 2023. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Directors Delgado M, Williams S.

Books (authored)

Merkin R. 2019. Liverpool's Royal Court: A Brave Venture Liverpool University Press. Liverpool

Merkin R, Russell W. 2016. Blood Brothers: GCSE Student Edition Merkin R. :1-144 Bloomsbury Methuen Drama 9781474229920 Publisher Url

Merkin R. 2016. Blood Brothers GCSE Student Guide Bloomsbury Methuen Drama 9781474230018 Publisher Url

Merkin R. 2011. Liverpool Playhouse: A Theatre and Its City :1-250 Liverpool University Press. Liverpool 978-1-84631-747-7 Publisher Url

Merkin R. 2010. The Glory of the Garden: English Regional Theatre and the Arts Council 1984-2009 Merkin R, Dorney K. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle 978-1443819763 Publisher Url

Merkin R. 2004. Liverpool’s Third Cathedral: the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in the Words of Those Who Were, and Are, There Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust. Liverpool

Journal article

Merkin R. 2013. ‘Suitcase: a site specific kindertransport play’ PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators,

Merkin R. 2004. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical CONTEMPORARY THEATRE REVIEW, 14 :115-115 Author Url

Merkin R. 1998. The politics of alternative theatre in Britain, 1968-1990: the case of 7:84 (Scotland) NEW THEATRE QUARTERLY, 14 :294-295 DOI Author Url Publisher Url


Books (edited)

1996. Popular Theatres? Merkin R. LJMU. Liverpool


Merkin R. Suitcase Author Url Publisher Url

Merkin R. May The Treasure Fall Into Good Hands

Merkin R. Blowing a Raspberry at Hitler

Research Grants Awarded:

AHRC, The Everyman Theatre Liverpool: Electronic Catalogue of its Archive and Associated Developments, Timothy Ashplant, Grant value (£): 208,128, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2003