The Other Place - people

The collaboration enables artists, professionals and academics to work alongside each other in creative and critical discourse. A wide range of people have been involved in the collaboration both currently and in previous years.

Key people

Hugh Adlington, Professor of English Literature, University of Birmingham

portrait of Hugh Adlington

Hugh is the University of Birmingham's academic lead for the collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hugh has previously held the roles of Head of Education (2011-2014) and Head of Research (2016-2018) in the School of English, Drama and Creatives Studies at the University of Birmingham. As such, he is keen to build on both the educational and research achievements of the first phase of the collaboration (2015-2020), with a particular focus on extending the benefits of the partnership to an even wider range of students, staff, and non-academic constituencies. Hugh researches and teaches early modern English literature, focusing in particular on textual studies, rhetorical analysis, and the entwined histories of Renaissance literature, politics, and religion. 

Geraldine Collinge, Director of Events and Exhibitions, RSC

Geraldine Collinge

Geraldine is the Director of Events and Exhibitions at the RSC, where she is responsible for changing relationships with artists, audiences and communities.  She recently led the £4.5m Swan Wing capital project and a series of events to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. She is a Trustee of The Audience Agency.  Prior to this she spent ten years as Director of the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry, Apples & Snakes; ran her theatre production company, Jericho Productions; and worked at Battersea Arts Centre in many different roles, finally as Programme Manager.

[Photo by Janie Airey © RSC]

Sally Delbeke, Partnership Manager, University of Birmingham

Sally Delbeke

Sally is an experienced project manager who works on the University’s behalf to develop and programme the activity at the heart of the collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Michael Dobson

Michael is the Director of the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute. He writes "My career as a teacher of and writer about Shakespeare’s plays and poems has been devoted not just to examining these extraordinary writings in their sixteenth- and seventeenth-century contexts, but to exploring how they have stimulated and enabled the creativity of other people, individually and collectively, across time – whether actors (both professional and amateur), scholars, directors, philosophers, composers, critics, sculptors, poets, or novelists. As a result I enjoy working as a consultant to theatre directors and actors as well as publishing scholarly essays and books, and although the central focus of my work has been on the interpretation of Shakespeare in the theatre down the centuries since his death, and on the history of our continuing love affair with Elizabeth and the Elizabethans more generally, I take an enthusiastic and informed interest in most things done in Shakespeare’s name in different media around the world."

Professor Ewan Fernie, Chair, Professor and Fellow, University of Birmingham

Professor Ewan Fernie

Ewan is Chair, Professor and Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute.  Erica Whyman said his latest book, Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter, "should inspire scholars and theatre-makers alike to treat him once again as a liberating spirit, an existential provocateur and a playwright for our times."

Ewan is co-convenor, with Abigail Rokison-Woodall, of the pioneering MA in Shakespeare and Creativity.  His collaborative civic liturgy for St George's Day was performed in major cathedrals across the country.  The novel he co-wrote with Simon Palfrey,
Macbeth, Macbeth, was described by Slavoj Žižek as "a miracle, an instant classic."  Fernie is currently working, with Katharine Craik, on a new play for the RSC based on Shakespeare's Pericles, and on the Birmingham-based Shakespearean, activist and heterodox preacher he considers a lost prophet of incomplete modernity, George Dawson (1821-76).

Jacqui O'Hanlon, Director of Education, RSC

Photo of Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui joined the RSC in 2003 and has been Director of Education since 2008.  She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Education work of the company and a member of the RSC’s senior management team.  During her time at the RSC she launched Stand Up for Shakespeare, a manifesto for Shakespeare in schools, established the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network, initiated the company’s Schools’ Broadcast series and its new national partnership programme, Associate Schools. She developed and edited the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers, which has been distributed to every state-maintained primary and secondary school in England and brings the work of RSC rehearsal rooms to life in classrooms around the country. Jacqui is on the Steering Group for the recently established Midlands Higher Education Culture Forum, is a school governor and a member of the board of Told By An Idiot. She has most recently been appointed as a Commissioner for the Durham Commission into the value of creativity for 0-25 year olds. 

Abigail Rokison-Woodall, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre, University of Birmingham

Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Abigail began her career as a professional actor, training at LAMDA. She completed her PhD at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University in 2006 after which she became a lecturer in Drama and English in the Education Faculty in Cambridge. In January 2013 she became Lecturer in Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.  Abigail has written a number of journal articles and chapters on Shakespeare and other drama. Her first monograph, Shakespearean Verse Speaking, was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press, and won the inaugural Shakespeare’s Globe first book award. She has published two more books - Shakespeare for Young People: Productions, Versions and Adaptations (Bloomsbury Arden, 2013) and Shakespeare in the Theatre: Nicholas Hytner (Bloomsbury Arden, 2017).  She is the co-general editor with Michael Dobson and Simon Russell Beale of a new series of Arden Performance Editions of Shakespeare’s plays for which she has edited A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet.  She is also writing a book for Bloomsbury Arden about the RSC’s The Other Place.

[Photo © Keith Morris]

Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director, RSC

Erica Whyman OBE, Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Erica is Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Director of The Other Place. She works closely with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on all aspects of artistic strategy, taking a particular lead on the development of new work, and on extending access, equality, diversity and inclusion across all RSC activities. Directing for the RSC includes Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch ("witty, invigorating and inventive" Guardian), Hecuba by Marina Carr ("beautiful, terrifying...uncannily eloquent" Independent) and The Seven Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten ("fiercely resonant" The Stage), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation ("dusted with magic" Guardian).

Erica was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Northern Stage (2005-2012), Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse (1998-2000) and of The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill (2000-2004). She chairs the Board of Theatre503. She was one of the first fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme. In 2012 she won the TMA Award for Theatre Manager of the Year, and was awarded an OBE for services to UK Theatre. In 2016 she won the Peter Brook Empty Space Special Achievement Award.

[Photo by Ellie Kurttz ©RSC]

Collaborators

Year 1

  • Justin Audibert, Director
  • Alice Birch, Playwright
  • Claire Birch, Assistant Producer, RSC
  • Alison Bomber, Voice & Text Practitioner
  • Little Bulb, Theatre Company
  • Greg Clarke, Sound Designer
  • Jacquie Crago, Voice & Text Practitioner
  • Dr Katharine Craik, Reader in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750), Oxford Brooks University
  • Helen Cross, Writer
  • Tom de Freston, Artist
  • Simon Godwin, Director
  • Rachel Gartside, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Aileen Gonsalves, Director
  • Vince Herbert, Lighting Designer
  • Pippa Hill, Literary Manager, RSC
  • Mel Hillyard, Director
  • Alex Hughes, Senior Venue Technician, RSC
  • Tracy Irish, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Iqbal Khan, Director
  • Dr Adam Ledger, Senior Lecturer, Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham
  • Nia Lynn, Voice & Text Practitioner
  • Rory Mallarkey, Playwright
  • Jane Moriarty, Director
  • Tom Piper, Designer
  • Phil Porter, Playwright
  • Josh Roche, Director
  • Miles Tandy, Head of Professional Development, RSC
  • Richard Twyman, Director
  • Claire Windsor, Sound Designer
  • Hannah Young, Actor

Year 2

  • Claire Birch, Assistant Producer, RSC
  • Gemma Brockis, Theatre Maker
  • Tony Byrne, Actor
  • James Corrigan, Actor
  • Derbhle Crotty, Actor
  • David Edgar, Playwright
  • Waleed Elgadi, Actor
  • Lucy Ellinson, Actor
  • Sarah Ellis, Head of Digital Development, RSC
  • Maria Evans, RSC Teachers’ Programme Developer
  • Dr Catriona Fallow, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • Zoe Ford, Director
  • Rachel Gartside, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Hugo Glendinning, Photographer
  • Aileen Gonsalves, Director
  • Fraser Grace, Playwright
  • Matt Hartley, Playwright
  • Dr Tim Haughton, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Vince Herbert, Lighting Designer
  • Pippa Hill, Literary Manager, RSC
  • Owen Horsley, Director
  • Kirsty Housley, Playwright/Director
  • Wendy Hubbard, Theatre Maker
  • Alex Hughes, Senior Venue Technician, RSC
  • Ed Hulme, Director
  • Tracy Irish, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Dr Chris Laoutaris, Birmingham Fellow, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Anders Lustgarten, Playwright
  • Nia Lynn, Voice and Text Practitioner
  • Simon Manyonda, Actor
  • Tom Morton-Smith, Playwright
  • Georgia Munnion, RSC Education Programme Developer
  • Terry O'Connor, Theatre Maker
  • Matt Peel, Lighting Designer
  • Lucy Phelps, Actor
  • Tom Piper, Designer
  • Phil Porter, Playwright
  • Mark Quartely, Actor
  • Dr Caroline Radcliffe, Lecturer, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham
  • Josh Roche, Director
  • Jonathan Ruddick, Sound Designer
  • Dr Will Sharpe, Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Erin Sullivan, Senior Lecturer, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Kimberley Sykes, Director
  • Miles Tandy, Head of Professional Development, RSC
  • Jennifer Tang, Director
  • Chris Thorpe, Director
  • James Turner, Designer
  • Chris White, Director
  • Dr Martin Wiggins, Lecturer, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Robert Wilcher, Honorary Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Olivia Winteringham, Artistic Director of KILN Ensemble
  • Dr Gillian Wright, Reader in English and Irish Literature, University of Birmingham
  • Hannah Young, Actor

Year 3

  • Aileen Gonsalves, Director
  • Alex Cobb, Actor
  • Alex Hughes, Senior Venue Technician, RSC
  • Alex Thorpe, Director
  • Alison Bomber, Voice & Text Practitioners
  • Amy Draper, Director
  • Anders Lustgarten, Playwright
  • Aneta Mancewicz, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham
  • Angie Wootten, School of Education, University of Birmingham
  • Ayse Tashkiran, Movement Director
  • Becky Barry, BSL Interpreter
  • Becky Loftus, Head of Audience Insight, RSC
  • Byron Mondahl, Actor
  • Caroline Wilkes, Director
  • Catherine Silverstone, Reader in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London
  • Charlotte Josephine, Actor
  • Chris New, Actor
  • Chris Thorpe, Director and Playwright
  • Chris White, Director
  • Ciaran Bagnall, Lighting Designer
  • Claire Birch, Assistant Producer, RSC
  • Cristina Delgado-Garcia, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham
  • Darren Clark, Music Director
  • David Acton, Actor
  • David Edgar, Playwright
  • David Ridley, Music Director
  • Dinita Gohil, Actor
  • Dympna Callaghan, William Safire Professor of Modern Letters, Syracuse University
  • Eloise Secker, Actor
  • Emma Rice, Artistic Director for Wise Children
  • Erin Sullivan, Senior Lecturer, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Esh Alladi, Actor
  • Floriana Dezou, Director
  • Georgia Munnion, RSC Education Programme Developer
  • Graeme Brookes, Actor
  • Hannah Young, Actor
  • Harriet Affleck, Publishing Manager, Digital Theatre
  • Islam Issa, Writer, Curator and Broadcaster
  • James Turner, Designer
  • Jennifer Tang, Director
  • Jeremy Dunn, Head of Sound, RSC
  • Joan Iyiola, Actor
  • Jonathan Dollimore, Philosopher and social theorist
  • Joseph Kloska, Actor
  • Julia Lupton, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California
  • Juliet Gilkes Romero, Journalist and Playwright
  • Karen Salt, Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies, The University of Nottingham
  • Katherine Craik, Reader in Early Modern Literature (1500-1750), Oxford Brookes University
  • Katherine Fletcher, International Education Programme Developer, RSC
  • Kelly Williams, Actor
  • Kerry Cooke, Shakespeare Institute Alumna
  • Kiernan Ryan, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • Kimberley Sykes, Director
  • Lotte Wakeham, Director
  • Lucy Ellinson, Actor
  • Lyn Gardner, Theatre Critic, Writer and Journalist
  • Maria Evans, RSC Teachers’ Programme Developer
  • Marieke Audsley, Director
  • Matt Dann, Director
  • Matt Hartley, Playwright
  • Miles Tandy, Head of Professional Development, RSC
  • Naomi Dawson, Designer
  • Nia Lynn, Voice and Text Practitioner
  • Niamh Cusack, Actor
  • Nicholas Bishop, Actor
  • Nicky Cox, Director
  • Olivia Winteringham, Artistic Director of KILN Ensemble
  • Peter Holbrook, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Queensland
  • Phil Porter, Playwright
  • Pippa Hill, Literary Manager, RSC
  • Rachel Gartside, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Richard House, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Birmingham
  • Richard Wilson, Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Kingston University
  • Robin Belfield, Young People’s Performance Developer, RSC
  • Ruth Cooper-Brown, Fight Director
  • Sir Roger Scruton, Writer and Philosopher
  • Stephen Collins, Actor
  • Terry O'Connor, Theatre Maker
  • Tom de Freston, Artist
  • Tom Piper, Designer
  • Tracy Irish, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Will Brown, Actor
  • Will Sharpe, Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare, University of Birmingham

Year 4

  • Charlotte Arrowsmith, Actor
  • Justin Audibert, Director
  • Emma Baggott, Assistant Director
  • Peter Basham, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Robin Belfield, RSC Young People’s Performance Developer
  • Brad Birch, Playwright
  • Dr Niall Boyce, Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Stephen Brimson-Lewis, RSC Director of Design 
  • Professor Matthew Broome, Director of the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham 
  • Greg Clarke, RSC Associate Sound Designer
  • Nicky Cox, Assistant Director
  • David Edgar, Playwright
  • Lucy Ellinson, Actor
  • Anisha Fields, Designer
  • Katherine Fletcher, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Rachel Gartside, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Juliet Gilkes Romero, Playwright
  • Kate Godfrey, RSC Head of Voice
  • Aileen Gonsalves, Director
  • Vince Herbert, RSC Head of Lighting 
  • Pippa Hill, RSC Head of Literary
  • Phil Holyman, Co-Director, Little Earthquake
  • Alex Hughes, RSC Senior Venue Technician
  • Kelly Hunter, Artistic Director, Flute Theatre
  • Caroline Horton, Writer and Performer
  • Dr Tracy Irish, RSC Education Associate Practitioner      
  • Iqbal Khan, Director
  • Oliver Lynes, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Nia Lynn, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Cathleen McCarron, RSC Voice, Text and Accent Coach
  • Jane Moriarty, Director
  • Holly Moyse, Youth Advisory Group Member from the Institute for Mental Health        
  • Gareth Nicholls, Co-Director, Little Earthquake
  • Laura O’Driscoll, RSC Venue Technician
  • Julia O’Keeffe, RSC Associate Schools programme
  • Tom Piper, RSC Associate Designer
  • Phil Porter, Playwright
  • Fi Ross, RSC Education Associate Practitioner
  • Amerah Saleh, Spoken Word Artist
  • Dr Robert Shaughnessy, University of Surrey
  • Kim Sykes, Director
  • Miles Tandy, RSC Head of Professional Development
  • Chris Thorpe, Director and Playwright
  • Stephen Unwin, Theatre Director and Chair of KIDS charity
  • Noa Wagner, Director
  • Georgia White, RSC Regional Associate Schools’ Manager
  • Angie Wootten, Teaching Fellow in Education (Deafness and Hearing Impairment), University of Birmingham
  • John Wyver, RSC Director of Screen Productions