Member Profile

Name: Professor Katharine Cockin Institution: University of Essex
Academic Status: University/college academic Main Discipline: Literary Studies
Additional Disciplines: Cultural Studies
Performance Studies
Other Scholarly Societies: MLA
English Association
Society for Theatre Research
Research Interests: My research focuses on the lives and work of Ellen Terry (1847-1928), the nineteenth-century actor and her daughter, Edith Craig (1869-1947) who was an influential theatre director and activist in the women's suffrage movement. She directed many plays in support of women's suffrage and founded the London-based Pioneer Players theatre society (1911-25). My publications include three books on her life and work: Edith Craig: Dramatic Lives (1998); Women and Theatre in the Age of Suffrage: The Pioneer Players 1911-25 (2001) and Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art (2017).

I am editor of the British Academy funded Collected Letters of Ellen Terry (8 vols 2010-). This edition draws on over 3,000 letters held in libraries, archives and private collections in the UK and USA.

I am Principal Investigator of two online projects.
• The AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors (2015-17) resource, listed as one of the top 50 websites for family history research in 2017 by BBC Who Do You Think You Are magazine.
• The AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database project enabled the National Trust to deposit on loan most of the Ellen Terry and Edith Craig archive at the British Library.

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