||Professor Katharine Cockin
||University of Essex
|Other Scholarly Societies:
Society for Theatre Research
||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.