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Shauna O'Brien

Shauna O’Brien is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English. Her current research project examines the production of Shakespeare’s plays in Iran and among the Iranian diaspora, a performance history that spans over 130 years. From their earliest performances in the city of Tabriz in the 1880s to their more widespread presence on the stages of Tehran today, Shakespeare’s plays have traversed Iran’s wide-ranging theatrical landscape and have made themselves at home there.

This project explores how these adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays can offer localised, multi-faceted, and occasionally contradictory images of Iran’s cultures and society.

Shauna was awarded her Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. Her research interests include Global Shakespeare studies, Iranian theatre, and verbatim theatre.

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