Emma Whipday is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at UCL. She is also a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe. Emma studied English at Oxford, and has received an MA and PhD in Shakespeare from University College London (UCL). She has taught at UCL; Brasenose College, Oxford; and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Emma is a winner of the Masterclass 2015 ‘Pitch Your Play’ competition. She is an Associate Writer for Oxford-based theatre company Reverend Productions, which has staged her adaptations of classic novels at the Edinburgh Fringe and various Oxford colleges and gardens. Her short plays have been performed in the Old Vic Tunnels and at an Old Vic New Voices Showcase. Shakespeare’s Sister is Emma’s first original full-length play.
Emma has directed “practice as research” productions of Samuel Daniel’s The Tragedie of Cleopatra and “The Tragedy of Merry” from Two Lamentable Tragedies at UCL. She has run workshops on early modern drama at the Wellcome Collection, the London Renaissance Seminar, the Huntington Library in California and the Shakespeare400 Festival at King’s College London; and has given public lectures at Shakespeare’s Globe, Knole House for the National Trust, TEDx at Goodenough College, Somerville College Chapel and UCL. Emma has spoken about her research on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Oxford, and has published articles in academic journals and essay collections on: Elizabethan domestic murder; domestic tragedy; ‘practice as research’; and the RSC 2014 ‘Roaring Girls’ season.