My academic career began at the University of Warwick, where I completed a degree in Theatre and Performance Studies and discovered my passion for research. I pursued my MA in Shakespeare and Theatre and my PhD in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. My research interests have always centred on Shakespeare in performance, broadening in recent years to include costume design, dress history, material culture, and musical theatre.
I share my fascination with design by collaborating with arts and heritage organisations, and by creating edible art inspired by historical textiles, objects, and costumes. Between 2017 and 2020, I worked with the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Theatre and Performance Department on the development of a major new exhibition located on the site of The Theatre in Shoreditch. In 2017, I was a Research Advocate at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and between 2016 and 2017 I advised Royal Shakespeare Company directors on the performance histories of Shakespeare’s Roman plays. In my capacity as an artist, I have collaborated with Jane Austen’s House, the David Parr House, The MERL, Reading Museum, and Crawford Art Gallery.