Lori Leigh

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Senior Lecturer School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


Teaching in 2018

Research interests

Early modern dramaturgy and stagecraft, Shakespearean adaptation (particularly of the Restoration and early 18th century), women in Shakespeare, representations of gender and sexuality in theatre, playwriting and script development, American drama.


MEd Tennessee State University, MFA Sarah Lawrence College, PhD Victoria University of Wellington

Areas of supervision

  • Improvisation and Theatre
  • Early modern dramaturgy and stagecraft.
  • Shakespearean adaptation (particularly of the Restoration and early 18th century).
  • Women in Shakespeare.
  • Representations of gender and sexuality in theatre.
  • Playwriting and script development.
  • American drama.

Major achievements

Winner of Victoria Early Career Teacher Excellence Award, 2016

Awarded Judges Choice Award, Short + Sweet Theatre Festival, 2015

Awarded New Zealand Fringe Festival “Best Improvisation” PlayShop Performance Company (Director), 2015

Nominated New Outstanding Playwright Wellington Theatre Awards (formerly Chapman Tripp), 2014

Recipient of New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship, 2008-2011

Recent publications

Leigh, Lori. Shakespeare and the Embodied Heroine: Staging Female Characters in the Late Plays and Early Adaptations. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Leigh, Lori. “The ‘Unscene’ and Unstaged in Double Falsehood, Cardenio, and Shakespeare’s Romances.” The Creation and Re-Creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes. Ed. Terri Bourus and Gary Taylor. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 171-184.

“Transvestism, Transformation and Text: Cross-dressing and Gender roles in Double Falsehood/Cardenio” in The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play, ed. David Carnegie and Gary Taylor, (Oxford University Press, September 2012).

“The History of Cardenio in Performance” (co-written with David Carnegie) in The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play, ed. David Carnegie and Gary Taylor, Oxford University Press September 2012).

“’Tis no such killing matter’: Rape in Fletcher and Shakespeare’s Cardenio and Lewis Theobald’s Double Falsehood” in Shakespeare, 7:3, (Taylor and Francis, September 2011), pp.284-296.

Conference presentations

Leigh, Lori. “’Penises and Poetry’: Historically-informed performance and all-male Shakespeare productions. Pop-Up Globe Symposium, University of Auckland. 26 February, 2016.

Leigh, Lori “Sustainable Dreams: Urban Dream Brokerage and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, July 2016.

“Performance Panel” at The History of Cardenio, Spain and England, Then and Now Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, U.S.A., April 2012.

Selected creative works

Leigh, Lori (Director), Grimm Bedtime Stories with PlayShop Performance Company. New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Hannah Playhouse, Wellington, 9 and 16 May, 2015; and Circa Theatre, Wellington 11-23 July, 2016.

Leigh, Lori (Director), Long Ago, Long Ago by Cassandra Tse, BATS Theatre. Wellington, 23-27 June, 2016.

Leigh, Lori (Director), 10 Things I Hate About Us with PlayShop Performance Company. New Zealand Fringe Festival 2015. Gryphon Theatre, Wellington. 24-28 February, 2015.

Leigh, Lori (Director), This Fair Verona with PlayShop Performance Company. BATS Theatre, Wellington. 15-19 October, 2013.

Leigh, Lori (Dramaturg), Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Bright Orange Walls. reSPACE, Wellington. 24 January-8 February, 2015.

Leigh, Lori (Dramaturg), A Midsummer Night’s Dreamby William Shakespeare, Bright Orange Walls, New Zealand Fringe Festival. 74 Ghuznee Street, Wellington. 6-12 February, 2014.

Leigh, Lori (Writer), Revelations, Directed by Fiona McNamara. BATS Theatre, Wellington. 4-14 June, 2014.

Leigh, Lori (Writer/Score), Opening Night, Directed by Stella Reid. Short + Sweet Festival at BATS Theatre, Wellington. 4-7 November, 2015.

Holding On by Gavin McGibbon, BATS Theatre Wellington, 2012 (Director)

The Winter’s Tale, Summer Shakespeare Wellington, 2011 (Director)

DOG SEES GOD by Bert V. Royal, BATS Theatre Wellington, 2010 (Director)

Romeo and Juliet (dir. Willem Wassenar), Auckland Theatre Company, 2010 (Dramaturg)


Teaching in 2018