Lois Weaver is a lecturer, performance artist, writer, director and activist. She is Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice at Queen Mary University, London. Lois was co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre, Split Britches Company and the WOW Theatre in New York and Artistic Director of Gay Sweatshop Theatre in London. She was a partner in Staging Human Rights, a People's Palace Project that uses performance practice to explore human rights in women’s prisons in Brazil and the UK and Director for PSi#12:Performing Rights, an international conference and festival on performance and human rights held at QM in 2006. Lois is Artistic Producer for Air Project, an Artist in Residence programme that encourages a more robust artist presence in Higher Education and produces platforms for emerging live artists.