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Penelope Woods - Researcher

Penelope Woods is a lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in audience research, histories of spectatorship, histories of emotion and affect and intercultural theatre reception and response. She has conducted large and small scale ethnographic studies of audience research at Shakespeare’s Globe between 2007-2012, around the world with the Hamlet World Tour 2014-2016, and with theatre company Rift, as part of the Vaults Festival, London 2018. Between 2012-2015, Penelope was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions based at the University of Western Australia, and a Visiting Fellow in the School of Literature, Arts and Media at the University of Sydney. 

Penelope has given papers and published work on expatriate and diasporic theatre response in Europe and Asia Pacific, the ‘skill’ of spectatorship, the intimacy of the audience experience, audience emotions and facial expressions, rehearsal practices and ethnographic work with theatre companies in journals and book collections including Shakespeare StudiesShakespeare Bulletin and African Theatre, and with Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury and Ashgate.

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