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Shakespeare in performance, theatre history and historiography, 19th-century drama and theatre

19992019

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Richard Schoch is a historian whose research encompasses theatre historiography, Shakespeare in performance, and cultural history. He is currently leading the AHRC-funded project 'Performing Restoration Shakespeare' (2017-2019), a practice-based research project run in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe, The Folger Shakespeare Library (USA) and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He recently held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2011-2014), during which wrote 'Writing the History of the British Stage, 1660-1900'. Published by Cambridge University Press in September 2016, it is the first monograph on British theatre historiography. In conjunction with his AHRC research project, he will be co-authoring, with the musicologist Amanda Eubanks Winkler, a monograph on Restoration Shakespeare for Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury).

Richard's research can be followed on academia.edu.

Achievements

Richard has been awarded the 2013 Oscar Brockett Essay Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and his books have been shortlisted for the Barnard Hewitt Award (ASTR), George Freedley Award (Theatre Library Association, USA) and the Theatre Book Prize (Society for Theatre Research, UK). He has been awarded fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Stanford Humanities Center, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Harry Ransom Center. He has given guest lectures at Trinity College Dublin, Oxford University, the Shakespeare Institute, the Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, DC), the Huntington Library, Duke University and UCLA. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the World Happiness Forum and sits on the editorial boards of 'Shakespeare Quarterly', 'Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film' and 'Shakespeare Bulletin'. He represents Queen's University Belfast on the Folger Institute Consortium Executive Committee. Richard is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (Research Grants, Strategic).

He has spoken at public events for the Wellcome Trust, the Institute of Ideas, the Royal Society of Arts, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Boarding Schools’ Association and has been a regular commentator for the BBC. His short video on Shakespeare in performance, commissioned by the British Council, has been viewed more than 40,000 times on YouTube. Richard’s book 'The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life' (2006), written for a popular audience, has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Italian.

Teaching

Richard has taught seminar and studio-based modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in performance history and historiography, Shakespeare in performance, Victorian melodrama, the history of theatre architecture, and performance criticism. He has supervised PhD students working on projects that range from theatre photography to the history of stage adaptations of 'Ivanhoe'.

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Projects

R1695AEL: Restoration Shakespeare

Schoch, R.

31/03/2017 → …

Project: Research

Research Output

  • Performing Restoration Shakespeare Today: Staging Davenant's 'Macbeth'

    Schoch, R. & Reimers, S., 16 Sep 2019, (Accepted) In : Shakespeare Bulletin. 37, 4

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Restoration Shakespeare Workshop, Shakespeare's Globe

    Schoch, R., 10 Jul 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • 'The homestead of history': Shakespearean medievalism on the mid-victorian stage

    Schoch, R. W., 02 Mar 2017, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries in Performance. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 137-146 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Victorian Theatrical Burlesques

    Schoch, R., 30 Jun 2016, Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 390 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Prizes

    British Academy⁄Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship

    Richard Schoch (Recipient), 01 Feb 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Folger Shakespeare Library Short-term Fellowship

    Richard Schoch (Recipient), 01 Jan 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • George Freedley Memorial Award

    Richard Schoch (Recipient), 22 Aug 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Major Research Fellowship

    Richard Schoch (Recipient), 01 Sep 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Oscar Brockett Essay Prize, 2013

    Richard Schoch (Recipient), 01 Jan 2013

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

    Richard Schoch (Peer reviewer)
    13 Feb 202014 Mar 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Shakespeare Association of America, 2020 meeting, Denver Colorado

    Richard Schoch (Participant)
    01 Feb 202018 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Shakespeare Quarterly (Journal)

    Richard Schoch (Peer reviewer)
    28 May 201930 Jun 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Arts & Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

    Richard Schoch (Advisor)
    01 Jan 201931 Jan 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Arts & Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

    Richard Schoch (Advisor)
    15 Dec 201920 Jan 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Press / Media

    ‘How one actor forever changed the way we see Shakespeare’

    Richard Schoch

    23/04/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    ‘Portraits in Hamlet: “Look here upon this picture, and on this”’

    Richard Schoch

    08/04/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Impact

    BBC4: Pioneers of Popular Entertainment

    Richard Schoch (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact

    Macbeth at the Folger Theatre

    Richard Schoch (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Economic Impact

    Measure & Dido

    Richard Schoch (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact

    Performing Restoration Shakespeare

    Richard Schoch (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact

    Public Understanding of Shakespeare

    Richard Schoch (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact