I joined the IMLR in 2015, having previously worked in professional theatre and academia in France. Rather unsurprisingly perhaps, my main area of scholarship expertise is therefore in contemporary French theatre. My book, (Re)telling Old Stories,honed in on two productions by directors Peter Brook and Ariane Mnouchkine. Through specific analysis of their work, I outlined general characteristics of the theatrical field in the eighties and nineties.
My next research project engages with the cross-disciplinary question of what it means to be a writer by studying contemporary French theatre. It evaluates the standing of those that defined themselves as ‘authors’, ‘playwrights’ and ‘writers’ in relation to the rest of the field during the period 1989 – 2015.
Prior to my doctoral studies at Oxford, I trained as a director in London, and my first degree was in English literature. I am therefore interested in building bridges between different fields of enquiry and specialisms. I consider scholarship and artistic practice as complimentary, and am keen to set up collaborative projects across the fault line.