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BritGrad2021 Committee

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Kat Twigg


Kat is a third-year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute. Her research explores the impact of trauma experiences on young people and aims to develop a new pedagogy for teaching Shakespeare to children who have experienced early childhood trauma and adversity. This is her second year on the BritGrad committee (the first was in 2013!) but her first as co-chair. She is very excited for the 2021 conference and is thoroughly enjoying organizing it with her co-chair and fellow committee members. She is confident that BritGrad 2021 will offer an engaging and stimulating, multi-disciplinary programme and looks forward to welcoming participants from across the globe.

Laryssa Schoeck


Laryssa is a first year PhD student and recently completed her MA in Shakespeare and Creativity at the Shakespeare Institute.  Her research is about Shakespeare's influence on musical theatre in the 21st century. This is Laryssa's second year on the BritGrad committee after serving as the Registrar in 2020. She has an MFA in Acting from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a BA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College.  Prior to arriving at the Shakespeare Institute, Laryssa worked as an actor and theatre educator in New York City.


Bethany Gaunt


Bethany is currently a first year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute. Her research focuses on the materiality of stage crowns and how these material processes were engaged with on the early modern English stage. This is her first year on the BritGrad committee and she is excited to be part of such a great team.

Tony Ferguson


Tony has recently commenced studies towards an MA in Shakespeare and theatre with the Shakespeare Institute. His interests are varied and he is currently exploring the many fields of research which form the basis for discussion with his tutors and colleagues. As a distance learner he is particularly keen to explore the increasing accessibility of all things Shakespeare. In his alternate life Tony is a Chartered Accountant with a number of years’ experience in the finance sector and will be sharing this knowledge with his fellow committee members. He is very excited to be involved with the Britgrad team and is looking forward to meeting up, either virtually or in person, at the 2021 conference.

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Kirsty Scott

Events Coordinator

Kirsty is an actor and embarked on her MA in Shakespeare Studies last year at the Shakespeare Institute. Her passions lie in Shakespeare's performance and study of dramaturgy towards the sociological perspective on identity that employs a theatrical metaphor to explore issues of identity formation and reformation. This is her first year on the Britgrad Committee and thrilled to be collaborating on the first virtual conference to bring a new engaging experience to 'O brave new world' global audience.

Micaela Kluver


Micaela is a first-year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute, focusing on Shakespeare’s portrayals of feminine adolescence and their use in exploring contemporary girlhood through creative group work. Previously, she served as the IT Coordinator for the 2019 BritGrad conference while completing her MA in Shakespeare and Creativity. She is thrilled to be working with such an incredible committee and looks forward to engaging with everyone virtually over the coming months!


Ben Broadribb

IT Coordinator

Ben is a part-time PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute in his sixth year of study. His thesis is focussed upon twenty-first century screen adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare, and how they create cultural artefacts. This is his second year on the BritGrad committee, having served as IT, Social Media and Publicity Officer for the 2020 conference. Ben is looking forward to working together with the 2021 committee to make this year's conference another welcoming, international success!

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