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Jennifer Kitchen

Playing with Shakespeare: The role of playfulness in ensemble approaches to teaching Shakespeare


Supervisor: Jonothan Neelands

Studentship: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Areas of interest: Play and Playfulness, Theatre Education, Shakespeare in Education, Cultural Value, Impact Assessment, Qualitative and Reflexive methodologies, Mixed Methodologies, Linguistic Ethnography, Critical Ethnography, Discourse and Conversation Analysis.

  • My research explored the importance of playfulness in ensemble approaches to teaching Shakespeare. Drawing on social theories of play, I have carried out critical ethnographic case studies of several schools undertaking the Shakespeare Schools Festival project during 2013-14. Through this work, I seek to explore the nature of the pedagogic interactions and relationships within the project and ask how these enact the principles of ensemble


  • 2009-2012 Theatre education practitioner in London; delivering drama workshops in schools and theatre settings. Including a years' residency with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
  • 2008-2009 MA Drama and Theatre Education at The University of Warwick. Distinction
  • 2005-2008 BA(hons) Drama at The University of Essex. First

Professional association, memberships and reponsibilities

  • British Education Research Association
  • National Drama
  • British Shakespeare Association

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