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Dr Michelle Paull

Senior Lecturer - Drama

About Research

Dr Michelle Paull is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Michelle’s PhD at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London focused on the theatre of Sean O’Casey and she is currently working on her monograph, Sean O’Casey: Critical Controversies. Michelle’s research and teaching interests include contemporary theatre, London theatre, Irish plays, Sean O’Casey, adaptations on stage and screen and contemporary writing in English.

Michelle has previously taught at Goldsmith's College, University of London, the University of Westminster, the University of North London, the Open University and continues examine for the University of London International Programmes, for which she developed undergraduate modules in drama. Michelle has also taught on the MA Physical Theatre: International Ensemble, MA Theatre Directing and the MA in Irish Studies and is currently co-supervising a PhD on theatre, performance and healthcare.

Michelle is also a trained curator and worked at the British Library as the Curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts on the Kenneth Tynan and Conan Doyle archives, as a researcher for the Theatre Museum PeoplePlayUK project, an online theatre and education initiative, and at the Archive for Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford on the Leyhausen-Spiess Collection. 

Michelle would be interested in supervising doctoral students in any area of her research interests, particularly contemporary and Irish theatre.


Recent publications

Michelle’s recent publications include:

  • chapter ‘Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk – theatre and event’, in the critical edition Enda Walsh: Collected Essays, (2015)
  • an article on Duncan Macmillan's 'People Places Things': Addiction, Identity and Performance' in Contemporary Drama in English, Issue 4. 2 (2016)
  • 'Dermot Healy’s theatre - local diaspora' a chapter in Dermot Healy Vol 1 (2016)
  • ‘Accounting for O’Casey: Sean O’Casey’s Time to Go’ in Arrivals and Departures in Irish Studies in Europe Vol 5, Salford University Press, September 2015,
  • ‘Shaw the Londoner: Plays, Politics, Polemics’ in Irish Writing in London ed. Tom Herron Continuum, November 2012