I hold a PhD in English Literature and have worked at the universities of Sussex, Oxford Brookes, Reading, Lancaster and Edinburgh. For the last five years I have been a lecturer in the Theatre Department at University of Bristol. I am an early modernist specialising in 16th-century theatre and practice-based research.
A theatre historian of early English and Scottish drama, my research often involves practical explorations of early modern plays. I have worked on major collaborative projects that have staged theatre in the historic sites of Hampton Court, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace, and Lancaster Castle, including the AHRC-funded 'Staging the Henrician Court' and 'Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court'. I have a special interest in gender, especially the performance of masculinity on the early modern stage and its relationship to ideologies of manhood during the period.
My work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Medieval English Theatre, Early Theatre and The Shakespeare Bulletin, and has been published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Wiley-Blackwell and Ashgate. I have written on material cultures and spatial practices of the early modern stage, theatre at the court of Henry VIII and during the early Tudor and Stewart period, practice-based research as a research methodology, and the historical performance of witchcraft.
I am currently working on a book about the role of facial hair in the construction of masculinities in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century theatre.