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Jennifer Kitchen


I am a theatre education scholar and practitioner, I completed my PhD on the social justice implications of playful and collaborative approaches to teaching Shakespeare at The University of Warwick in 2018 before going on to hold an Institute of Advanced Studies Early Career Fellowship 2019-2020. During my time at Warwick I have supported teaching and research within Education Studies, Warwick Business School and The Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning. I currently contribute to the Education Studies PGT Modules ‘Education and Society’, 'Drama and Theatre Studies in Theory and Practice' and 'The Role of Story in Drama and Theatre Education'

Before beginning my doctorate I worked as a theatre education workshop leader and youth theatre director, including a year’s residence with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. I continue to practice on a freelance basis in areas relating to Shakespeare, storytelling and early years’ theatre education.

Research Interests

Active Shakespeare Education; Drama and Theatre Education; Social Justice in Arts Education; Play and Creativity in Education; Educational Communities of Practice.

Recent Publications

Forthcoming 2023 with Tracy Irish Teaching and Learning Shakespeare through Theatre-based Practice London: Arden Shakespeare

Forthcoming 2022 Critical Pedagogy in Active Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Forthcoming 2021 ‘Shakespeare Youth Performance Festivals as Spaces for Postcolonial Restorying’ in The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Young People London: Routledge eds. Busby, Selina; Freebody, Kelly and Rajendran, Charlene

2020 ‘Theatre Education and Populism: the ensemble ‘family’ as a space for dialogic empathy, civic care and social hope’ in British Educational Research Journal Special Edition ‘Interrogating education: critical thinking in the time of populist politics’

2018 'Playfulness in performative approaches to teaching Shakespeare' in The Arts in Language Teaching. International Perspectives: Performative – Aesthetic – Transversal LIT Verlag: Berlin eds. Mentz, O and Fleiner, M

2015 'The ensemble domesticated: Mapping issues of autonomy and power in performing arts projects in schools' in Power and Education 7:1, 90-105