Personal profile


Susanne Greenhalgh is Honorary Research Fellow in Drama. Theatre and Performance. Previously she was Head of Ethics and Interdisciplinary Developments  in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She took her undergraduate degree in English at Oxford, where she was Bertha Johnson Scholar at St.Anne's College and won the University's Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize. She studied for a Master's degree at McGill University, Montreal as a Draper's Company Commonwealth Scholar, before returning to Oxford to undertake doctoral research on ritual and ceremony in Shakespeare. She holds a PGCE in Drama from the Institute of Education, London University.

Her current research interests centre on reception studies and the relationship between theatre and screen media, especially in relation to Shakespeare's circulation, adaptation and citation in different periods and settings, including the home, theatre and mass media. She also has particular interests in the representation of terror and terrorism (including the Holocaust), the cultural performance of death and mourning, and the staging of childhood in the theatre and in society.

She was Director of the University Research Group in Renaissance and Classical Studies, and is a member of the Centres for Performance and Creative Exchange, and Film and Audio-Visual Cultures.In 2002 she curated a staged reading of Anne Carson's Decreation at Roehampton; the British premiere of this work it featured Carson herself as one of the readers. She has organized international conferences on Shakespeare's Children/Children's Shakespeare (October 2003) and Renaissance Lives (October 2005), and a postgraduate study day on Hamlet after Arden 3 (June 2009).

In 2009 she received a British Academy grant for research on radio Shakespeare in North America, and in 2006 she was recipient of the Stephen James Award of the Society for Theatre Research in support of her work on British theatre and television Shakespeare, and an AHRC Research Leave award for a project on the domestic experience and reception of Shakespeare.

Research projects


She has supervised dissertations on 'Ibsen's Metatheatre'; 'Women's Performance Art in Britain'; 'Marlowe's Plays in Performance', 'The performativity of the Greenham Women's Peace Camp', 'The Hellenistic Poems of Cavafy', 'The Performance of Sufi Living  in Contemporary Turkey', 'Animal Metaphors and Female Avengers in Attic Tragedy', 'Curation of Feminist Performance Ar't, and the practice-as-research dissertation 'A Live/Living Museum of Small, Forgotten and Unwanted Memories : performing narratives, testimonies and archives of the Portuguese Dictatorship and Revolution' and Shakespeare and Live Broadcast Theatre. She is currently Director of Studies for a Classical Studies PhD, 'Combat Trauma in Ancient Greece'.

Professional affiliations

British Shakespeare Association

Shakespeare Association of America


Susanne taught courses in both Drama and Film Studies at Roehampton,. including adaptation for the theatre and Shakespeare on stage and screen, classical Greek and Roman theatre (including contemporary performance history), medieval and renaissance drama, feminist theory and women's writing and performance, theatre in and about war, children's theatre and the performance of childhood. She was also a founder and lecturer on the B.A. Women's Studies programme. She  contributed to the MAs in Performance Studies, Women, Gender and Writing, and Children's Literature, and convened the MA in Early Modern Literature and Culture, on which she offered two options, 'Media Shakespeare' and 'Restaging the Renaissance'

Her administrative roles included membership of the University's Ethics Committee and the Dance/Drama RSDB. She acted as External Examiner for the Theatre Arts BA degree programme, Goldsmiths College, University of London, the MA Drama, De Montfort University, the MA Theatre Studies University of Worcester, and  BA Theatre Studies, University of Surrey.