Surrey Shakespeare Centre


Surrey Shakespeare Centre is home to scholarly and creative work that thrives in the intersections between Shakespearean texts and performances, disciplinary innovation, and the multiple ways in which these interact with history, politics and culture.

Using Shakespeare’s unique status as a shared global cultural resource, the Centre fosters conversations and projects that transcend subject boundaries, within the University of Surrey and beyond: for example, with history, philosophy, music and media studies, translation studies, tourism and psychology.  In our applied, socially engaged and community performance and pedagogic work, we are particularly interested in the ways in which Shakespeare can contribute to the university research themes of sustainability, urban living and lifelong health and wellbeing.


Further details about Surrey Shakespeare Centre

Robert Shaughnessy      (Director)

Theatre history, adaptation, cognitive approaches to performance, actor training, rehearsals studies, performance and disability

Neema Parvini                  (Deputy Director)

Political and moral philosophy, cognitive psychology, early modern history, literary theory, historiography

Jaq Bessell       

Publication and practice in directing and actor training, experience at Shakespeare’s Globe, American Shakespeare Centre and others.

Anne Sophie Refskou   

Global and intercultural performance, politics and cultural diplomacy, early modern dramaturgy and emotions, practice as research

Darren Tunstall                

Publication and practice in direction and acting, cognition, gesture and movement

Matt Wagner   

Dramaturgy and stage praxis, temporality, embodiment and spatiality, phenomenology and performance

Marion Wynne-Davies  

Renaissance women writers, Shakespeare and international performance, global Shakespeare, literature and gender

Applying Shakespeare II

Saturday 1st June 2019

Surrey Shakespeare Centre, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Keynote Speaker: Helen Nicholson, Professor of Theatre and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London


Eating Shakespeare: Cultural Anthropophagy as Global Methodology 

Editors: Anne Sophie Refskou, Marcel Alvaro de Amorim, Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The National Theatre, 1963–1975

By Professor Robert Shaughnessy

Shakespeare in Action: 30 Theatre Makers on their Practice

By Dr Jaq Bessell

Shakespeare’s Moral Compass

By Neema Parvini