The project is led by Dr Shonagh Hill and is mentored by Dr Aoife McGrath.

Dr Shonagh Hill is a Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Fellow in the School of Arts, English and Languages, QUB. Shonagh recently published, Women and Embodied Mythmaking in Irish Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2019): the first monograph to provide an historical overview of women’s contributions to, and thus an alternative genealogy of, modern Irish theatre. She is co-editing (with Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick) a forthcoming anthology: Plays by Women in Ireland (1926-33): Feminist Theatres of Freedom and Resistance (Bloomsbury). Shonagh has published articles on women and theatre in a range of leading journals and internationally reviewed books, and is a core member of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

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Twitter handle: @ShonaghHill

Dr Aoife McGrath is Senior Lecturer and Subject Lead in Drama at the School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. Aoife is a choreographer and PaR scholar currently involved in several interdisciplinary projects collaborating with sociologists, filmmakers, and psychologists on topics ranging from maternal corporeal experience to artists’ negotiation of territorial borders. Before joining Queen’s, she had a professional dance career in Germany and Ireland and worked as Dance Advisor for the Irish Arts Council. Book publications include her monograph, Dance Theatre in Ireland: Revolutionary Moves (Palgrave, 2013), and a co-edited collection (with Dr Emma Meehan, CDaRe, Coventry), Dance Matters in Ireland: contemporary processes and practices (Palgrave, 2018). Recent choreographic work includes Please (NIMHAFF, 2017), Within: Body + Time (Accidental Theatre, 2018) and Let Down (AHRC/British Academy Being Human Festival, Breastival, Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival, 2018). Aoife is Co-President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and co-convenor of the IFTR Choreography and Corporeality Working Group.

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Twitter handle: @aoifepea