Kevin Curran is a scholar and teacher of Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. He has held positions at universities in four countries across Europe and North America and is currently a professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Lausanne. His major publications include Marriage, Performance, and Politics at the Jacobean Court (Ashgate, 2009), Shakespeare and Judgment (Edinburgh, 2016), Shakespeare’s Legal Ecologies (Northwestern, 2017), and Renaissance Personhood (Edinburgh, 2019). In addition to coordinating the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, he is the editor of the book series “Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy” and founder of the Shakespeare Summer School at Venice International University in Italy. Kevin Curran has received grants and fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Harry Ransom Research Center. In 2017 he was International Visiting Fellow at the Center for the History of Emotions in Australia. His creative work includes writing, acting, and the composition of music for theater.
Artist & staff catering manager
Vincent Laughery is in the final stages of completing an FNS-funded Phd on Shakespeare. Keen on crossing the divide between academic research and live arts, he has been closely involved in university theater for the last ten years, both as an actor and a director. He is also a professionally-trained clown.
Graphic design manager
Having completed their studies in English and French Literature at the Universities of Lausanne and York (UK), with a specialisation in translation, Ezra Benisty (non-binary, they/them) is doing a PhD in Lausanne. In addition to academia and their queer activism, they have worked as an editor for several magazines. They wrote and performed a play entitled The Web (2017) within the Collectif Transversal (2015-2017) and read/performed La Sensation des Fleurs (2018), a collection of poems. For two consecutive years they were the Direction Assistant, Press & Communication Manager, and Graphic Design Manager for the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival. In 2021, they reimagined the festival’s logo. They have been published in the 2020 issue of the the well-known German anthology Mein schwules Auge | My Gay Eye and have illustrated the cover of Bruno Pellegrino’s novel La Ville Provisoire (2020). While exploring intimacy and sexuality through Polaroids, they also work as a freelance translator and are preparing the translation of Angela Carter’s poetry. Their work is available on their website www.br8kblowburn.com. Their first Polaroids exhibit will be inaugurated with a reading at the Château Bohème on July 25, 2021 (booking by text message, check the Facebook event).
Both Swiss and Venezuelan, Florence Rivero started studying film in Caracas in 2005. In 2006, she arrived in Switzerland and continued her studies within the Department of cinema at ECAL. She then worked for several years as director, production assistant, casting director and actress in the audiovisual field. Parallel to this, she studied French as a foreign language, psychology and English literature at UNIL and obtained her BA in 2013. It is during that period that she discovered her passion for theatre and adapted and staged several Shakespeare plays. She received the award for the best stage direction at the Festival Friscènes for her adaptation of The Tragedy of Macbeth in 2016. Since then, she has assisted and collaborated with multiple Swiss stage directors such as Oscar Gomez Mata, Stefan Kaegi and Georges Gbric. She obtained her directing degree from La Manufacture (Lausanne) in 2018 and created her own theatre company, Cie Ellis Bell. Her play LOLITA was presented in the Theatre Saint-Gervais (Geneva) in April 2021.
Josefa Terribilini is a graduate assistant at the University of Lausanne and she is writing a thesis on 17th century French theatre. She is the author of a book on the traces of the ancient chorus in French tragedy (À chœur perdu, Lausanne 2020). During her studies, she joined various university theatre groups as an actor and director. Co-founder of the Compagnie Acte V, she directed, with Marek Chojecki, the play Le Procès d’Horace (selected by Friscènes festival 2018) and directed the film Molière-19 (2020). She has participated in the first four editions of the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival: in 2016, she played the roles of Miranda in The Tempest and Lady Macduff in The Tragedy of Macbeth, both directed by Florence Rivero, before playing Cordelia in King Lear in 2017. Since 2019 she has been working for the festival as a production assistant.
Communication & Press Manager and Ticket Office Manager
Passionate about languages and literature, Céline Magada is currently finishing her MA in English and Italian with a specialization in History of the book and critical edition of texts at the University of Lausanne. In parallel to her studies, Céline has also been a musician for 15 years. She has always been fascinated by the performing arts and in the context of her musical training has had the opportunity to take part in different musical and theatrical projects. Céline is also active in departmental student life, especially events organization.
Sorcha Walsh is an MA student of English and Computer Science for the Humanities at UNIL. Besides her studies, she is also highly involved in scouting, as the Responsable Cantonale of the Association du Scoutisme Vaudois. Furthermore, she contributes to student life within the English department as president of the department’s student association SCOPE, editor and frequent contributor to MUSE (Magazine for UNIL Students of English), and organizer of the Creative Writing Club.