I am Lecturer in Drama (Shakespeare and the Classics). My research focuses on ancient Greek drama and epic in contemporary re-performance, and interactions between traditional arts practices and contemporary theatre-making. I am an Early Career Associate of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford), and a project partner of the AHRC-funded 'Advocating Classics Education' project (Kings College, London).
Recent and forthcoming research outputs include 'Unfixing Epic: Homeric Orality and Contemporary Performance' (in the APGRD publication Epic Performances, forthcoming 2018), 'It Happens in Ballads: Scotland, Utopia and Traditional Song in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' (in the volume Understanding Scotland Musically, forthcoming 2017), 'Grounded, Heracles and the Gorgon's Gaze' (Arion, 2015) and 'Ercles' Vein: Heracles as Bottom in Ted Hughes' Alcestis' (Classical Receptions Journal, 2014). I am also co-authoring a volume called Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor (Palgrave Macmillan, projected 2019).
Alongside my academic research I work as a professional storyteller, creating new performances of old tales for and with audiences across the UK, and beyond. This work informs my leadership of BA Drama's final-year Storytelling elective, and my foundation of 'The Juniper Tree', a groundbreaking student-led storytelling club in the heart of Liverpool. I also use storytelling to help other academics communicate their research, and I am currently working with the AHRC-funded project 'Iron Age and Roman Heritages: Exploring Ancient Identities in Modern Britain' (University of Durham and King's College, London).
To date I have supervised several PhD projects focusing on actor-training, and contemporary adaptations of ancient drama. I would be interested in discussing potential postgraduate projects exploring classical reception(s), early modern drama, contemporary storytelling practices, or related topics.