Dr Elinor Parsons

Job: Lecturer in Drama

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Research group(s): Centre for Adaptations

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8292

E: eparsons@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.adaptation.uk.com


Personal profile

Elinor’s doctoral work explored film and television versions of 'The Taming of the Shrew' and her research interests are Renaissance drama in performance with a particular focus upon musical and danced adaptations of Shakespeare. Elinor is also developing a collaborative project which connects theatrical and pedagogical approaches to 'space'. She worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, Roehampton University, Central School of Speech and Drama and Queen Mary, University of London before joining De Montfort in 2006.

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Renaissance drama in performance; musical and danced adaptations of Shakespeare.

Areas of teaching

Scripted drama with a particular focus upon Shakespeare and his contemporaries, musical and danced adaptations, performance analysis, theatre historiography.


PhD in Drama, Royal Holloway, University of London
MA in Shakespeare Studies, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
BA in English Literature, University of Bristol

Courses taught

‘Texts and Stages’, ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ and ‘Drama Performance Project’ (undergraduate modules); ‘Research into Drama’ (postgraduate module). 

Conference attendance

Shakespeare Association of America (April 2009), Washington DC, seminar paper on Cranko’s Shrew in the Shakespeare and Europe panel.

‘Reviewing Shakespearean Theatre: the State of the Art’ (September 2009), paper on reviewers’ perspectives upon Curve’s production of As You Like It.

Shakespeare Association of America (April 2010), Chicago, seminar paper on Russian screen versions in the World Cinemas panel.

‘Theatre and Pedagogy’, International University Theatre Association’s World Congress, Leicester, ‘Teaching spaces: promoting creativity and reflection’ paper.

Shakespeare Association of America (April 2011), Seattle, seminar paper on The Zeffirelli Factor in the Shakespeare and Opera session.

International Shakespeare Association (July 2011), Prague, seminar paper on Dancing Macbeth in the Macbeth on screen panel.

Other forms of public presentation

Chairing the question-and-answer session with the Guardian’s theatre critic Michael Billington at Cultural Exchanges in March 2011.

Interview about the authorship question in conjunction with the release of Anonymous, BBC Radio Leicester, 28 October 2011.

Chairing the question-and-answer session with Max Stafford-Clark and Stella Feehily at Cultural Exchanges in March this year.

Current research students

Alexander Millington, PhD in Drama, An Examination of the Representation of Physical Acts of Intimacy and Sexual Behaviour in Contemporary British Theatre from 2001 to 2019. 1st Supervisor.

Francesco Sani, PhD in Theatre Practice (awarded DMU Graduate Full Bursary), Staging the Neoliberal Condition: Historicising Neoliberalism through Theatrical Performance to Reimagine 21st Century Citizenship, 1st Supervisor.

Professional esteem indicators

Peer-reviewer for Shakespeare in 2011–12. 

Dr Elinor Parsons