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Stephanie Tillotson

My Research:

I am a part-time, post-graduate student in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. My research is concerned with the late twentieth/early twenty-first century theatre practice of casting women in the traditionally male-gendered roles in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporary dramatists. My interests are in Shakespeare in performance; theatre practice and theory; early modern theatre; writing for performance, and pedagogy. I hold an M.A. (Distinction) in Shakespeare and Theatre from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, 2012 as well as a P.G.C.E. (Secondary) in English with Drama.

Since 2013 I have been the lead organizer for Sidelights on Shakespeare, a series of interdisciplinary research seminars sponsored by the Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick.

Publications and Conference Papers

‘Theatre Inside-out: cross-dressing and female empowerment’, for the journal Planet No 219, Autumn 2015, pp75 – 78.
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Review of The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for the Stage and Screen, by Jill Dolan, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), for Platform the Post-Graduate Journal of Theatre Arts published by Royal Holloway College, University of London, Vol 8, No2: Theatre Politics, Autumn 2014.

'Fiona, Phyllida and the F-word: the Theatrical Practice(s) of Women Playing the Male Roles in Shakespeare', for Exchanges, the Warwick Research Journal, Vol I, Issue 2, April 2014.

'Cross-gender Cast Women: The Donmar's 2012/13, All-Female Julius Caesar.' Conference paper presented at BritGrad 2013, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

'Theatre as Exegesis: the 1995-6, Warner/Shaw Production of Richard II', in the initial issue of Exegesis, the post-graduate journal of English Studies published by Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Programme Notes for Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Charlie Walker-Wise for the Ludlow Theatre Festival, Summer 2012.

A Little Bit About Me:
I currently live in Aberystwyth where I am employed as a freelance writer, theatre director, editor, performer and teacher. Initially I trained for the theatre but I began my career at HTV Cymru/Wales before moving to the BBC where I worked in both television and radio production. I have, however, spent most of my working life in theatre. I have taught theatre practice to all ages, most recently to under-graduates at Aberystwyth University. I am a published playwright, poet and short-story writer.

I am proud to be both a member of Equity and Homerton College, University of Cambridge.


Stephanie Tillotson

S dot A dot Tillotson at warwick dot ac dot uk

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