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Micaela Kluver

Micaela is a second year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute. Her research argues for the use of creative phenomenology to explore adolescent girls’ critical responses to Shakespeare’s portrayals of girlhood. This is her third year on the BritGrad committee, having previously served as IT Coordinator in 2019 and Publicity/Marketing in 2021. She is thrilled to work with such an incredible team of peers and looks forward to welcoming our international community (both online or in person) to the 2022 British Graduate Shakespeare Conference!

2022 BritGrad Committee

Sarah Hodgson

Sarah is a first-year PhD student at the Shakespeare Institute, where she also completed her MA in Shakespeare Studies in 2019/20. Her current research explores the impact of the Reformation upon contemporary social attitudes towards death and eschatology, as depicted in Renaissance drama. This is her first year on the BritGrad committee and she is enjoying being a part of such a great team and is looking forward to hearing everyone’s papers at the conference!

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Tony Ferguson

Tony is pleased to have been invited to act as Britgrad Co-Treasurer for a second year, his background as a Chartered Accountant lends itself to all financial aspects of the conference. Currently studying towards his MA in Shakespeare and Theatre with the Shakespeare Institute Tony’s interests are varied and currently centre upon discourses of kingship and parenting in the Early Modern period with a particular emphasis upon astrology. He is passionate about inclusivity within the academic world and is looking forward to working with the 2022 committee in making Britgrad an event for a global audience.

Helen Gibbons

Helen has recently started an MA in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute. Her particular research interest focuses on how pregnancy and childbirth are represented in Shakespeare’s plays, and how the medical beliefs of the early modern period affect Shakespeare’s engagement with these issues. This is Helen’s first year on the BritGrad committee, and she is very excited to be working with such a brilliant team of people.’

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Ellie Cummings

Ellie is a full time MA Shakespeare and Creativity student who has been the director of her own company providing prestigious event coordination in the UK and overseas. Her passion lies in exploring embodied performance that genuinely moves and engages audiences. This is her first year working on the BritGrad Committee and she is looking forward to creating and sharing an inspiring, exciting space with the in-person and distance participants of BritGrad 2022.

Curtis Dunn

Curtis Dunn is an MA Shakespeare & Creativity student originally from Connecticut. After working in theatre throughout Chicago, he lived in Beijing where he taught drama to students of all ages and served as the National Director of Improvisation for the Educational Theatre Association’s China chapter. He most recently acted in educational children’s programming for students throughout China.

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Roz Symon

Roz is a 1st Year PhD student with a theatre, writing and art background.   She teaches in French universities and for many years ran education and training programmes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oxford Stage Company and workshops for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  Roz was Director of Education at the California Shakespeare Festival and director of The Actor’s Centre & Shakespeare Theatre Workshop.  She’s very excited indeed to be working with an extraordinarily talented team on her first BritGrad.

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