Dr. Nora Williams



College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Early Modern Studies; Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures

My main research interests concern the afterlives of early modern plays, both as texts and as performances, as well as the intersections between research and theatre practice. I am currently developing a project that will consider how and why Shakespeare-mandated theatres such as the Globe and the RSC produce work by other playwrights. In the future, I hope to build on the foundations of my PhD to do more detailed work on Thomas Middleton's A Game at Chess and on William Rowley's singly-authored plays. 

My undergraduate degree comes from the uniquely rigorous joint Theatre & Drama Studies (TDS) programme at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. This course involved pursuing a full academic degree in drama alongside 30 hours per week in performance and stagecraft training and rehearsals for public performances. This invaluable training--which I completed with high distinction in 2011--prepared me very well to balance theory and practice in my future career.  I completed an MA in Staging Shakespeare with distinction at the University of Exeter in 2012, and I was thrilled to receive an International Studentship from the College of Humanities in order to continue my studies at PhD level. I passed my viva with minor corrections on 3/3/16.

I am the chair of the Society for Theatre Research (STR) New Researchers' Network and have served as chair of the PGR Liaison Forum in drama. While my current research is in the afterlives of early modern plays. I have also served as Project Facilitator for The International Christopher Marlowe, an AHRC Early Career Fellowship held by Dr. Edward Paleit at the University of Exeter. I am also working on a feminist performance response to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure; this project has been selected to receive a week of research and development time from Exeter's BikeShed Theatre in March 2016.