Dr Catherine Quirk


Lecturer in Drama

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @quirk_catherine 



I’m a Canadian-born scholar-practitioner with a keen interest in recognising voices that have historically been silenced, hidden, and marginalised, particularly those of women. In my research, teaching, and practice, I interrogate the histories, practices, and structures which have led to these voices being obscured. As a theatre historian, I’m particularly interested in encouraging the study of history and historical practices as a useful scaffolding for creative work. My research and practice also consider the affordances of alternative performance spaces, particularly those offered by VR and various social media platforms.

Pronouns:  she/her



PhD, Self-Making: Acts of Performance in the Victorian Novel, McGill University, 2020
MA, English Literature, University of Toronto, 2014
MA, Victorian Media and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2009
BA (Hons), English and Theatre, University of Manitoba, 2008


My teaching interests include global theatre histories, particularly of the long nineteenth century; digital, online, social media, multimedia, intermedial, and XR performance (theory and practice); ensemble creation; applied theatre and theatre for social change; practice as research. Previous teaching includes Theatre History at Concordia University and Theatre History, Poetics, and the Nineteenth-Century Novel at McGill University

Research Interests

  • the long nineteenth century
  • theatre histories
  • digital, online, social media, multimedia, intermedial, and XR performance
  • performance theory
  • intersections between literature and theatre
  • women’s writing and performance











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