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MA (Hons), University of Edinburgh.
MA, University of Warwick.
Ph.D., University of Warwick

Research interests

I work on English and European Renaissance drama, with an interest in gender. One strand of my research challenges the exclusion of women from the histories of early modern theatre and books include Early Modern Women’s Performance and the Dramatic Canon (in progress) and Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and Female Masquing in the Stuart Court, 1590-1619 (Manchester University Press, 2002); and I have written articles on the topic for Shakespeare BulletinLiterature Compass and Modern Philology. 

Textual editing allows me to bring my interest in performance, textual history and gender together. Editions include James Shirley’s Bird in a Cage for The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama (2020); John Marston’s The Fawn, with José Perez Diez, for The Complete Works of John Marston (OUP, forthcoming); William Shakespeare’s Othello for The Norton Shakespeare 3rd Edition (2015) and my first editing project, John Fletcher’s Island Princess (Arden Early Modern Drama, 2013). 

I have recently held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2017-18) and fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. 


Engendering the Stage: The Records of Early Modern Performance (Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant)

With Prof. Lucy Munro (King's College London), I have been awarded a Leverhulme Research Project Grant for three years from January 2020 to reassess the archival evidence for early moden theatre and performance, to interrogate the concept of the 'all-male stage'. This project is part of the larger research collaboration, Engendering the Stage in the Age of Shakespeare and Beyond with colleagues from McMaster University, Canada (see below). 

Research projects

I am a member of two international projects. 

Engendering the Stage

With Prof. Peter Cockett (McMaster University, Canada), Prof. Melinda Gough (McMaster University, Canada) and Prof. Lucy Munro (King’s College London), I am part of Engendering the Stage (https://engenderingthestage.humanities.mcmaster.ca). Using performance-based, archival and theoretical models of research, we seek to reconfigure the history of gender and early modern performance, uncovering the diversity of early modern performance cultures and relating this directly to the politics of access and representation in today’s Shakespeare theatre industry. To date, we have collaborated with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario, details of which are on our website, and with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a Research in Action event. 

Theater Without Borders International Working Group

I am also a longstanding member of the Theater Without Borders International Working Group, based in NYU and led by Prof. Susanne Wofford (https://www.nyu.edu/projects/theaterwithoutborders/index.html). Our research investigates the transnational networks of exchange, transmission and dissemination of early modern theatre, actively working to bring scholars who work on English, French, German, Italian and Spanish theatre into dialogue across national and disciplinary boundaries. 



I am always happy to hear from prospective doctoral students. Roehampton is part of the TECHNE AHRC consortium and studentships are advertised towards the mid/end of the autumn semester each year (http://www.techne.ac.uk). Please feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss a proposal ahead of time. 

Current supervisions include a project on trans and disabled bodies in 21st-century Shakespeare performance and another on materiality and the evidence of early modern performance. Successful past supervisions include Ph.Ds on Brutan histories in early modern drama, Shakespeare on film, the children's playing companies of early modern London, early modern women's writing in Ireland, the dance history of the Stuart masque. I have also supervised an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Royal Museums Greenwich, on the courts of the Stuart consorts at the Queen's House, Greenwich. 

As this suggests, English and Creative Writing at Roehampton hosts a broad range of Ph.D. topics. I’d be particularly interested in hearing from prospective students looking to work on early modern theatre, with interests in gender, text and / or performance broadly defined. 

Professional affiliations

Shakespeare Association of America

Engendering the Stage

Theater Without Borders International Working Group


Before coming to Roehampton, I taught at the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham, the University of Wales Bangor and Queen's University Belfast. I was also visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at El Paso.

At Roehampton, I teach specialist modules on Shakespeare: Stage & Page and Early Modern Gender; a performance-based module for international students called Shakespeare in London; and second-year modules on Literature, Gender and Sexuality and The Literary Renaissance. Please see https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/undergraduate-courses/english-literature/for more details. 

External positions

Peer Review College, AHRC

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