I’m currently an AHRC funded Doctoral Researcher with the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company. My thesis, “Dream 16: Amateur and professional Shakespeare and the question of communal indentity”, explores the RSC’s 2016 flagship production A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation unpacking it in relation to not only amateur and professional identities but also to local and national connections to Shakespeare. I’m supervised by Professor Michael Dobson and the RSC’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman. There’s a formal overview of my thesis in the PhD section below, and there will undoubtedly be more informal overviews on the blog.

My wider research interests are often interdisciplinary and influenced by my own practice as a theatre maker. They include:

  • Shakespeare’s cultural and performance legacy.
  • Pro-am collaborations, amateur, and community performance, and  ‘everyday/ amateur creativity’ more widely.
  • Artist led community engagement and socially-engaged storytelling.
  • Women’s non-professional writing (specifically diaries, blogging, and fanfiction).
  • Playwriting in the UK post 1952, and narrative and dramaturgy in small/mid scale new performance work in the UK post 2000.

I have an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BA in English Language and Literature from St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.



I’m just coming to the end of my first year as a Doctoral Researcher. I’m undoubtedly going to be blogging more about the PhD as I go along but, for now, if you’re not my supervisor and you want official words about the scope of my thesis then your wish is my command: Dream 16: Amateur […]


Engagement & Outreach

Tying in with my interest in professional and amateur collaborations, sharing my research beyond the confines of academia is something I’m passionate about. I’m very happy to talk or tailor activities about my research and Dream 16 specifically, or more widely on Shakespeare and amateur performance. I’m also keen to share research with organisations (both […]