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Lori Leigh imageBA, MEd, MFA, PhD
Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Lori Leigh is a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, working with the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, Public Housing & Urban Regeneration programme: Maximising Wellbeing. Lori has a background in the creative and arts sector and is passionate about wellbeing and issues affecting Takatāpui/LGBTQIA+ identities.

Lori has a wide breadth of research interests including practice-based research. Their work focuses on gender and sexuality, Shakespeare, stagecraft, performance, and dramaturgy. Lori’s research has been published by Palgrave MacMillan, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Routledge. Additionally, they have presented on theatre in site-sympathetic and urban spaces as well as work that encourages audiences to rethink public space as “performing”. Lori also works as a professional writer, director, and dramaturg and has received several awards and nominations for their creative work including the top “Production of the Year” Wellington Theatre Award for their original drag musical, The Glitter Garden.


Leigh, L. (2019). “Take up her bed”: Cleopatra’s bed in Antony and Cleopatra. Arrêt sur scène / Scene Focus, (8), 87-96. doi: 10.4000/asf.631 Journal - Research Article

Leigh, L. (2018). Stagecraft and statecraft: Queenship and theatricality on the Shakespearean stage. In K. M. Finn & V. Schutte (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens. (pp. 9-27). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-74518-3_2 Chapter in Book - Research

Leigh, L. (2014). Shakespeare and the embodied heroine: Staging female characters in the late plays and early adaptations. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 210p. doi: 10.1057/9781137465993 Authored Book - Research

Leigh, L. (2013). The "unscene" and unstaged in double falsehood, Cardenio, and Shakespeare’s romances. In T. Bourus & G. Taylor (Eds.), The creation and re-creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, transforming Cervantes. (pp. 171-184). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137344229_11 Chapter in Book - Research

Leigh, L. (2012). Transvestism, transformation, and text: Cross-dressing and gender roles in double falsehood/The history of Cardenio. In D. Carnegie & G. Taylor (Eds.), The quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the lost play. (pp. 256-266). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.003.0024 Chapter in Book - Research

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