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Current Doctoral Projects


An exploratory study of student responses to Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank as a curriculum intervention by Cathy Baldwin (2016 - )

Cathy’s thesis explores how Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is perceived by the students who attend the performance at the centre of the programme. Using sociocultural theory as a framework and a qualitative, multiple case study methodology followed by cross-case thematic analysis, she will interview students aged between 11 and 14 years from a number of participating London state secondary schools, to explore their responses to Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, and their opinions as to its value in supporting their curriculum studies of Shakespeare.

The project is supervised by Dr Jonathan Gibson, Professor Regine Hampel and Professor Jonathan Rix at the Open University, and Georghia Ellinas, Head of Learning at Shakespeare’s Globe. Cathy completed her BA at the Open University, her PGCE at the University of Reading, and her MA at Warwick University.


The Dramaturgy of Feminine Historiography in Shakespeare’s History Plays by Hailey Bachrach (2017 - )

Hailey’s project undertakes a new feminist survey of the female characters in Shakespeare’s history plays, focused on the ways they participate in the creation and propagation of historical narratives. With a focus on historical and contemporary performance and the broader theatrical and literary context of the early modern period, this thesis uses the multidisciplinary lens of dramaturgy to investigate how these characters function as specifically theatrical figures. The project is supervised by Professor Sonia Massai of King’s College London and Dr. Will Tosh of the Globe. Hailey completed her BA at Sarah Lawrence College, MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University, and MA at King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe. 


Assimilation or Resistance: The Medicalised Body in 21st Century Shakespeare by Robin Craig (2017 - )

Robin’s thesis explores how marginalised identities interact with the cultural weight of Shakespeare and how transgender and disabled bodies have been represented on the London stage since 2000. His research explores the ethics of spectatorship in the context of Shakespeare performance and ‘abnormal’ bodies, building on the cultural history of the freak show and 'monstrosity'.  The project is funded by the AHRC through a Collaborative Doctoral Award with Roehampton University, supervised by Professor Clare McManus, Dr Andy Kesson, and Dr Will Tosh. Robin completed his BA and Royal Holloway, University of London, and MA at King’s College and Shakespeare’s Globe. 


Formal Doctoral Projects

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.


Recreating Light in the Early Modern Theatre by Neil Vallelly.

Neil's thesis explores how light (and darkness) was experienced in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and to what extent these experiences impacted upon theatre in the period. For instance, he looks at the relationship between actual experiences of nighttime and representations of night on-stage in the period. Neil is a Commonwealth PhD Scholar (2012-2015) at the University of Otago, New Zealand (Prof. Evelyn Tribble) and Shakespeare’s Globe (Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper). He completed his BA and MA degrees at Queen’s University Belfast. He is also the postgraduate representative for the Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association.


'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.


To find out more about these and other research projects, please contact us by email.