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Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

Professor of English and Theatre Studies
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Kirsten E Shepherd-Barr is Professor of English and Theatre Studies in the Faculty of English and a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford. Her books include Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett (Columbia University Press, 2015), Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen (Princeton University Press, 2006; 2012 paperback), Modern Drama:  a Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2016), Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900 (1997), and Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature:  Late Victorian into Modern (OUP, 2016) which she co-edited with Laura Marcus and Michele Mendelssohn.  She regularly works with theatres including the National Theatre, the Old Vic, Theatre for a New Audience (New York), Pegasus Theatre Oxford, and the Oxford Playhouse.

Kirsten collaborates with researchers across the Division to help to broker new internal and external partnerships and to sustain existing relationships. She also works closely with other public-facing parts of the University in developing a coherent programme of activities that helps new audiences engage with research.
Kirsten was the Knowledge Exchange Champion from 2014-2018
Kirsten was Acting TORCH Director during Hilary Term 2017.

Research Areas

Theatre and science, science plays, Ibsen studies, modernism and performance, Victorian theatre, modern and contemporary theatre.