Research Stream


Rob Conkie

Rob Conkie is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre at La Trobe University. His teaching and research integrates practical and theoretical approaches to Shakespeare in performance. He is the author of Writing Performative Shakespeares: New Forms for Performance Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2016), The Globe Theatre Project: Shakespeare and Authenticity (Edwin Mellen, 2006), and the co-editor of the special issue of Critical Survey, ‘Creative Critical Shakespeares’ (28.2, 2016). He is an Associate Investigator (2013, 2016) of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, for which he has produced theatre productions and workshops and related symposia. He has directed about a third of the Shakespeare canon for the stage.



Othello's Ongoing Affect

LOL: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Selected Publications


Conkie, Rob. Writing Performative Shakespeares: New Forms for Performance Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Conkie, Rob.The Globe Theatre Project: Shakespeare and Authenticity. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

Book Chapters

Conkie, Rob. ‘Reverie of a Shakespearean Walker’. In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance, edited by James C. Bulman.  Oxford:Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017, accepted December 2014.

Conkie, Rob, and Nicola Hyland. ‘Kissing and Drowning the Book: Shakespearean Theatre in the Antipodes’. In The Shakespearean World, edited by Jill L. Levenson and Robert Ormsby.  London: Routledge, forthcoming January 2017, accepted January 2015.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Holofernes, Peregrine and I: Australian campus Shakespeare’. In Shakespeare on the University Stage, edited by Andrew Hartley, pp. 153‒67. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Entrances and Exits’. In Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre, edited by Bridget Escolme and Stuart Hampton-Reeves, pp. 32‒49. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Red Button Shakespeare’. In Shakespeare Closely Read: A Collection of Essays, edited by Frank Occhiogrosso, pp. 117‒46. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Constructing Femininity in the New Globe’s All-Male Antony and Cleopatra’. In Shakespeare Re-Dressed: Cross-Gender Casting in Contemporary Performance, edited by James C. Bulman, pp. 189‒209. Plainsboro: Associated University Presses, 2008.

Refereed Journal Articles

* Conkie, Rob and Scott Maisano, eds. 'Creative/Critical Shakespeares’. Special Edition, Critical Survey 28.2 (July 2016).

Conkie, Rob, and Scott Maisano. ‘Introduction’. ‘Creative/Critical Shakespeares’. Special Edition, Critical Survey 28.2 (July 2016): 3‒9.

* Conkie, Rob. ‘Othello, original practices: a photographic essay’, ‘Creative/Critical Shakespeares’, Special Edition of Critical Survey 28.2 (July 2016): 135-49.

* Conkie, Rob. ‘Remember Me’, Australian Studies 4 (2012): 1‒21.

* Conkie, Rob. ‘Rehearsal: The Pleasures of the Flesh’. Rehearsing Shakespeare: Alternative Strategies in Process and Performance, Special Issue of Shakespeare Bulletin 30.4 (2012): 411‒30.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Surveying Survey’, Cahiers Élisabéthains 40th Anniversary Special Issue (2012): 37‒44.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Red Button Shakespeare’. Shakespeare Survey 62 (2009): 123‒40.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Shakespeare Aftershocks: Shylock’. Shakespeare Bulletin 27.4 (2009): 549‒66.

Conkie, Rob. ‘A gentle conference, soft and affable: The British Shakespeare Association Conference, 2007’. Shakespeare 4.1 (2008): 82‒94.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Sudokothellophobia: Writing Hypertextually, Performatively’. Shakespeare Survey 60 (2007):154‒69.

Conkie, Rob. ‘Democratising Shakespeare’. Studies in Theatre and Performance 23.3 (2004): 179‒90.

Other Outputs

* Conkie, Rob. ‘How might we write about practice as research?’. Keynote Address, Performance as Research: The Three Ladies of London in Context, McMaster University, Canada, 22‒24 June, 2015.

* Conkie, Rob. ‘”Fain would I dwell on form”: Performance / Publication / Pedagogy’, Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Studies: The Three Ladies of London in Context,

* Conkie, Rob.The Merry Wives of Windsor Tour: La Trobe University; New Fortune Theatre, UWA (ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator Scheme and research symposium); fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, 2016. Professional Actors. Director.

* Conkie, Rob.‘Shakespeare’s Theatrical Affect’, workshop productions and seminar as part of ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions; La Trobe University, 2013. Professional Actors. Director.

* Conkie, Rob. Henry IV, Part 1 Tour: La Trobe University, New Fortune Theatre, UWA, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne. Director. Green Room Nominations: Best Production; Best Director; Best Male Performer (Tom Considine), 2011‒12. Professional Actors. Director.

Conkie, Rob. Othellophobia, Explosive Acts. Tour: Basingstoke, Bracknell, Eastleigh, Winchester, Bath Shakespeare Festival, Oxford, London, 2003‒2004. Professional and Student Actors. Director.

Conkie, Rob.Bartholomew Fair, Moat Theatre Festival, La Trobe University, 2014. Student Actors. Director.

Conkie, Rob. Radio, The Point, Eastleigh, The Junction, Cambridge, Performance Gym, Winchester, 2008. Student Actor. Director.

Conkie, Rob. The Commedia of Errors, King Alfred’s Performing Arts Company (KAPAC), 2002. Student Actors. Co-director and actor.

Conkie, Rob.Two Gents, KAPAC, 2002. Student Actors. Director.

Conkie, Rob.Much Ado About Nothing, KAPAC, 2000‒2001. Professional and Student Actors. Director.

Conkie, Rob.The White Devil, KAPAC, 2000. Student Actors. Actor.

Conkie, Rob.Titus Andronicus, KAPAC, 1999. Student Actors. Director.

* CHE-related research output