A Semiotics of the Dramatic Text, New Directions in Theatre Analysis, Macmillan, 1994 [ISBN 978-0-333-41944-1]
(details at

Susan Melrose, Stefanie Sachsenmaier & Rosemary Butcher, ‘Just in Time – Rosemary Butcher, making memories and marks’, in Performance Research – A Journal of the Performing Arts Volume 20, 2015 – Issue 6: On An/Notations, pp 87-94. Also published online: 26 Nov 2015 at

“Not yet, and already no longer: loitering with intent between the expert practitioner at work, and the archive” in Colophon, Capturing Intention: documentation, analysis and notation. Editor: Scott deLahunta. Authors: Marion Bastien, Bertha Bermúdez, Maite Bermúdez, Frédéric Bevilacqua, Maaike Bleeker, Franz Anton Cramer, Scott deLahunta, Marijke Hoogenboom, Corinne Jola, Susan Melrose, Eliane Mirzabekiantz and Chris Ziegler. Text editing: The Loft v.o.f., Amsterdam. Graphic design: Katja van Stiphout. Print: VeenmanDrukkers, Rotterdam. Published by: Emio Greco | PC and Amsterdam School of the Arts 2007, EG | PC and AHK [ISBN: 9789081081337]

Butcher & Melrose (eds) Choreography: Collisions and Collaborations, London: Middlesex University Press, 2005 [ISBN 1904750478]

Before the Posthuman Can Take [Its] Place: Performing Place and Person, in the Early 21st Century…”, e-pai (electronic Journal, School of Arts, Middlesex University), 2002

“Hope”, in J. Lawlor and C. Molloy, Stalking Memory, CD-ROM, 2001

‘(Re-)marking the Overlooked’, Performance Research, Vol 6, no.2, pp 4-19, 2001 [ISBN: 978-0-415-26312] []

‘Restaging “Theory” in the Postgraduate Performance Studies Workshop’ New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. XV, Part 1, 1999 []

‘Rehearsing “Theory” and Other Dramas in the University’, in Hans-Wolgang Nickel, Symposium Theatertheorie, Berlin 1999

‘My Body, Your Body, Her-His Body: Is/Does Some-body (Live) Here?’ New Theatre Quarterly XIV Part 2 May 1998 []

‘What do Women want (in theatre)?’, introductory chapter, L. Goodman (ed) Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance Routledge 1998

‘The Strange Arts of Ambivalence’, Heathfield and Quick (eds) Shattered Anatomies: traces of the body in performance, Arnolfini Live, 1997

‘Rehearsing Reconciliations: Tartuffe at the Theatre du Soleil … ‘, Performance Research, Vol 2, 2, 1997 [ISBN: 978-0-415-16179] []

‘Play in Theory’, Social Semiotics 1996

‘”Please please me”: Sympathy and Empathy in Critical Metapraxis’, Contemporary Theatre Review, no.2, 1995

‘Making Do: Strategies and Tactics in “New Performance” Pedagogy’, Contemporary Theatre Review, no.1, 1994

(with R. Melrose: major contributor) ‘Discourse and Negotiation of Meaning in Communicative Language Teaching’, in I.R.A.L., 27, 1, Feb. 1989

with R. Melrose (major contributor: S. Melrose) ‘Drama, “Style”, Stage’, in Birch and O’Toole (eds.), The Functions of Style, Pinter 1987

‘Prospects for the Analysis of Performance’, in G. McAuley (ed.), From Page to Stage: L’Illusion Comique, Sydney University Theatre Studies Service Unit, 1987

‘Dramatic Holes, Theatre Discourse/s’, in Journal of Cultural Studies, vol.4, no.1 June 1986

‘Theatre, Linguistics and Two Productions of No Man’s Land’, in New Theatre Quarterly, no.2, 1985 []


(major translator in) Pavis, P. Languages of the Stage, P.A.J.P., 1982

(translator) Pavis, P., ‘Production and Reception’, in Hilton (ed.), New Directions in Theatre, Macmillan, 1993


‘Distances’, in Quadrant, 1977

‘Movements Before Falling’, in Meanjin, 1978 Reprinted in Moorhouse, The State of the Art, Penguin, 1983

‘Petit noir, sans sucre’, in Ink, Allen & Unwin, l989 reprinted in Summer Shorts, 2, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1994

‘Piece for Single Voice, Which Weeps’, in No Substitute, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1990

Eating Out, (fiction/theory “novel”), Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1991 [ISBN 1863680098]


“Untitled (I)”, Keynote Address presented at KIAD conference: “ISSUES IN CURATING AND CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE AND PERFORMANCE”, 27 May 2005.

‘On (not) Taking it for Granted, II’, Intensities, Keynote address, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2000

‘A Theory Too Far?’, Performance Studies International Conference, Performance Research Centre, Aberyswyth 1999

‘Restaging “Theory”‘, SCUDD Conference, University of Glasgow, 1998

‘Teaching Performance in the “new university”‘, SCUDD Conference, Scarborough College 1997

Keynote address, ‘Theatre Metaphors and “Pedagogic Violence”‘, SCUDD Conference, Univ. of Birmingham 1995

‘Looking at “New Performance”‘: Invited Speaker, plus performance presentation with MA students, Helsinki Act: ‘Changing Forms of Performance’ Finnish Theatre Academy, May 1995

‘Playing in Theory’, Keynote Speaker, Australian Society of Drama Teachers, University of New England, Australia, July, 1995

‘Felt-experience as Analog in the Realm of Discourse’, Invited Speaker, II. International Dramaturgy Forum, HRVATSKI INSTITUT ZA POKRET I PLES MAPAZ, Croatia, May 1995

Invited Speaker, Performance Documentation Conference (‘Chasing Shadows’), University of Lancaster/CPR, July-Aug 1994

‘Parataxis and hypotaxis in “new performance” practices’, Invited speaker, Cardiff International Performance Research Conference on Performance Devising and Documentation, February 1993

Invited Speaker, Theatre as a Paradigm of Society, Lancaster University, March 1993

‘Somatography/Property/Propriety’ Keynote Speaker, The Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University Conference: Sightlines of History and Practice October/November, 1993

Commissioned Theatre Reviewer, L.I.F.T., for HYBRID, June-July, 1993

‘Confessions and Confusions of a Ruminant’, Cardiff Performance Research Centre, Brecon Valley, 1993