The NRN Committee

Meet the New Researchers’ Network committee! As you’ll see, we’re a committee of diverse interests and specialisms. If you see any of us at an event or symposium or theatrical event in the future, say hello!

Ella Hawkins – Co-Chair & Event Organisation []


I’m currently studying for a PhD in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. My research focuses on the significance of Jacobethanism in 21st-century stage and costume design for Shakespeare, and is funded by the Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. I previously completed a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, followed by an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare Institute. Stage design and theatre history (particularly early modern playing practices) are my favourite things, and my research interests also extend to intercultural theatre and archiving processes.

Kate Holmes – Social Media/Publicity []

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I am an AHRC funded doctoral student at the University of Exeter whose archival research has also been supported by the Society of Theatre Research’s Anthony Denning Award 2015. My PhD considers female aerial performers of the 1920s and early 1930s as celebrities and draws upon my experience as an amateur aerialist. Although I currently benefit from funding, I self-funded my MA at the University of Bristol part-time, so I understand the issues of such a double life! For further information see or follow me on twitter @katejholmes.

Emer McHugh – Social Media/Publicity [e-mail:] 


I’m a graduate of NUI Galway, where I attained a Double First Class Honours degree in English, History, and Theatre & Performance; and of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, where I pursued an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre. After graduating from my MA with Distinction in 2013, I moved back to NUI Galway in 2014, where I’m now an Irish Research Council-funded doctoral researcher at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. I research Shakespeare in Irish performance 1969-2016 and its associated cultural politics, investigating productions by theatre companies such as the Abbey and Lyric theatres, Druid, Rough Magic, Pan Pan, Siren, and so on. Early modern performance studies is (I may be biased) the best thing ever. I’m also very interested in audience/reception studies, actors and the archive, and contemporary Irish theatre and performance. Tweet me at @emeramchugh and you can read more about my work here.

Rachael Nicholas – Co-Chair & LiveStream [e-mail:]


I’m currently a PhD student at the University of Roehampton. My research looks at how livestreaming in all of its forms is altering, shaping and creating audiences for Shakespeare. My interest in early modern drama and media was cultivated at the University of Exeter, where I graduated with a BA (Hons) in English in 2014, which led to an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London, which I completed in 2015.  I am especially interested in audience research and interdisciplinary research methods, the intersections between theatre and the digital, and the circulation of cultural capital through performance and distribution. Tweet me @rachienix



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