Richard Schoch
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    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. He is also a Contributing Editor of the new Cengage Shakespeare (2017), for which he will write the critical introduction on the history of Shakespeare in performance. He has also written popular history of Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, entitled 'Shakespeare's House'. 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).

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    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.


    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'.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

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

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    Frequent Journals

    • Theatre Survey

      ISSNs: 0040-5574

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1475-4533

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.123 SNIP 0.644


    • Shakespeare Bulletin

      ISSNs: 0748-2558

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1931-1427

      Johns Hopkins University Press


    • Renaissance Drama

      ISSNs: 0486-3739

      Northwestern University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.19 SJR 0.101 SNIP 0


    • Shakespeare Quarterly

      ISSNs: 0037-3222

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1538-3555

      Johns Hopkins University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.45 SJR 0.124 SNIP 0.753


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