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Completed Research


Repertory and the Production of Theatre Space at the Globe and the Blackfriars, 1599-1613 by Dr Sarah Dustagheer.

Sarah received an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award to study at King’s College London and the Globe in 2006.  Her thesis examines the relationship between repertory and theatrical spaces at the Globe and Blackfriars between 1599 and 1613, as well as the new repertory of plays written for the reconstructed Globe since 1997.  She is currently developing her thesis into a book, entitled Shakespeare's Playhouses: Theatre Space and Repertory at the Globe and the Blackfriars, which examines the differences between indoor and outdoor playing in early modern London.


Globe Audiences: Spectatorship and Reconstruction at Shakespeare’s Globe by Dr Penelope Woods.

Penelope’s thesis considers the conditions of production and reception at Shakespeare’s Globe from 1997-2010 and at the first Globe theatre from 1599-1613. Her research was primarily focused on audience studies: how meaning is made by and for audiences, and how spectatorship ‘works’ in the unique Globe space. The project was funded by the AHRC through a Collaborative Doctoral Award, and was supervised by Queen Mary’s and the Globe. Penelope has now taken up a three year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Western Australia.


Current Research

Exploring Light in Early Modern Thought and Culture by Neil Vallelly.

Neil was awarded a New Zealand Commonwealth PhD Scholarship in 2012 and is co-supervised by the University of Otago and Shakespeare’s Globe. His thesis explores the phenomenological imperative of the body-in-the-world by investigating embodied experiences of light from a historically and culturally contingent perspective. It maps how experiences of light in the world influenced the ways in which the early modern subject valued and conceptualised light in daily life. The thesis considers the impact these investigations have on the ways in which we study early modern theatrical experience and theatre history in general.

'Foule habits of reproach’: Performing Bodily Rebukes and Retributions on the Renaissance Stage, Page and Street by Miranda Fay Thomas.

Miranda joins King's and the Globe after completing her BA and MA at the University of York. Her doctoral research explores the development of physical shaming as a performative process on the popular stage, in written literature, and in contemporary events, from the sixteenth century until the public execution of Charles I. From insulting gestures such as spitting and thumb biting, to humiliating punishments such as being put in the stocks and public executions, this research analyses the process of using the body to reproach people for their beliefs or behaviour, and contextualises it in a society marked by the necessity of performativity in everyday life.

Moving Indoors: Repositioning Theatrical Practice in Seventeenth Century Politics by Lana Harper.

Lana’s thesis is supervised by the University of Sussex, and she works at the Globe as Senior Research Assistant. Her doctoral research investigates early modern playing spaces, in particular the notion that outdoor playhouses can be read as androcentric and middling class and indoor theatre as feminocentric and upper class. This hypothesis locates indoor theatre as a political force in the seismic events of the seventeenth century, actively increasing Puritan hostility to drama and thus contributing to the closure of the theatres in 1642.


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