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John Severn

A flagship theatre company can transform a city’s view of its place in the world, prompting conversations on issues of local significance.

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About the author

I currently teach Theatre Studies at the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong, and International Studies at Macquarie University. My research focuses on theatre, opera, adaptation and community, with a particular interest in the ways that musical and operatic adaptations of Shakespeare and other playwrights for the spoken stage have been used to create and maintain various forms of local, national and international community, both in the past and today. My research centres especially on intercultural adaptations across Australia, Europe and the US.

As well as my PhD from UNSW, I have a Masters in Shakespeare and Theatre from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, and separate honours degrees in Theatre Studies and in Opera Studies from the University of Manchester/Rose Bruford College. Prior to turning to academia, I had a career as a lawyer, both in-house and in private practice, and have an LLB(Hons) in Law and French from the University of Edinburgh.