Emer McHugh read for her primary degree in English, History, and Theatre & Performance at NUI Galway from 2008 to 2012. Following this, she moved to the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, graduating with a MA in Shakespeare and Theatre in 2013. She returned to NUI Galway in 2014, where she is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance. Her research is funded by the Irish Research Council.
Emer’s research looks at contemporary Shakespeare performance in Ireland, placing it in dialogue with current Irish debates on gender and sexuality, and exploring this in tandem with its contested relationship with issues of national identity. Her research interests largely fall around early modern performance studies and the history of Shakespeare in theatre and culture, as well as audience/reception studies, actors and the archive, performance and intersectionality, and contemporary Irish and British performance.
She also serves on the steering committee of the Society for Theatre Research’s New Researchers’ Network, and also co-hosts the podcast Feminist Theatre Squadron. She is also a contributor to Shakespeare in Ireland and Reviewing Shakespeare. You can follow her on Twitter at @emeramchugh.