Kathryn Twigg

Kathryn Twigg

Shakespeare Institute
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: The Trauma-Informed Teaching of Shakespeare
SupervisorAbigail Rokison-Woodall (Shakespeare Institute) and Neil Hall (School of Education)

PhD Shakespeare Studies


  • BA (Hons) Drama – Liverpool John Moores University (2009-2012)
  • MA Shakespeare and Education – The Shakespeare Institute (2012-2013)
  • PGCE Secondary Drama – Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2013-2014)


I have a BA Hons in Drama from Liverpool John Moores University; a Master’s Degree in Shakespeare and Education from the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon; and a PGCE in Drama from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

I was a full-time Drama teacher between 2013 and 2018 (including my NQT year). During this time, I also taught English (up to GCSE) and a variety of other subjects at KS3 (including Music, Dance, Religious Education, and Languages). Any students who wish to pursue a career in teaching (in either drama/performance, English, or Special Needs education) are welcome to contact me on the details provided. 

My professional curiosity and desire to develop my understanding of and make an impact on the world of education led me back to the Shakespeare Institute, where I am currently a full-time Postgraduate student, studying for a PhD in teaching Shakespeare to children who have additional education needs as a result of experiencing early childhood trauma.


My research explores the trauma-informed teaching of Shakespeare. My thesis explores the need for and development of new pedagogies that aim to increase the academic achievement of trauma-survivors during their study of Shakespeare through addressing any additional learning needs. My research ties together the fields of Shakespeare studies, education, and developmental psychology, aiming to develop appropriate educational frameworks to support young trauma-survivors in their Shakespearean education.

Other activities

  • Academic Tutor with the Brilliant Club (2020-present)