Dr Christie Carson

Personal profile

Christie Carson joined the Department in June 2004.

Dr Carson obtained her undergraduate and masters degrees in Canada before moving to the UK in 1990 to complete her PhD at the University of Glasgow. At Glasgow she acted as a tutor for both the Film and Television and Drama first year programmes. She taught Television Studies at the University of Glamorgan in Wales and taught both Film Studies and Drama at Herstmonceux Castle, the UK base of Queen's University in Canada.

In 1996 she was appointed as an Institutional Research Fellow in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway. From 1996 to 2003 she was the Director of the Centre of Multimedia Performance History, a research centre within the Department of Drama and Theatre.

Dr Carson is the co-editor of The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM: Text and Performance Archive and author of 'King Lear in North America', an article on this CD. In February 2003 Dr. Carson completed a large AHRB funded research project entitled Designing Shakespeare: an audio visual database, 1960-2000 which documents the performance history of Shakespeare in Stratford and London.

From September to December 2000 and 2001 Dr Carson was a visiting Lecturer in Drama and Multimedia at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. From March 1, 2003 to May 31, 2004 Dr Carson was seconded into the English Subject Centre at Royal Holloway before joining the English Department in June of that year.

She returned to the English Subject Centre part-time from January 2006 to July 2007 to work as the CETL (Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) Liaison Officer. Coming out of this experience she taught part-time during the 2008-09 academic year a third year course at Warwick University that is supported by the CAPITAL Centre for Excellence which looks at the ways performance approaches can enrich the study of Shakespeare’s work. In the summer of 2009 she began teaching a course entitled ‘Shakespeare’s theatrical texts’ to visiting students from the University of Connecticut which explores the ways literary and performance approaches to the plays can be usefully integrated.

Research interests

Christie Carson's main area of research interest is the application of digital technology to teaching and research in the field of dramatic performance history. She has created a number of groundbreaking projects in this area working with Cambridge University Press, the Performing Arts Data Service, the English Subject Centre, the British Library and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her interests focus on the way in which contemporary performance history can be both documented and studied in new ways using digital technology. Dr Carson is also very interested in incorporating creative practitioners both in the documentation and the teaching processes.

Moving into the English Department from the Drama Department at Royal Holloway provides an opportunity to work with students and colleagues who approach Shakespearean dramatic texts in a very different way. Through her work Dr Carson hopes to facilitate change in the way that Shakespeare is studied across the disciplines of English and Drama.


Co-convenor of the first year core Shakespeare course in the English Department, EN1106.

Teacher on the core English/Drama course DT2091 which draws the approaches of the two Departments together

MA core course with Professor Kiernan Ryan ‘King Lear: Critical Debate and Creative Response’ EN5732

A new third year course on Shakespearean adaptations EN3118

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