Kevin Curran – President
Kevin Curran is a scholar and teacher of Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. He has held posts at universities in four countries across Europe and North America and is currently 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 music composition for the theater.
Florence Rivero – Artistic director
Born in Venezuela, Florence Rivero began to study film-making in her country of origin. In 2006, she decided to continue her film-making studies in Switzerland, at the École Cantonale d’art de Lausanne. Working for several years as assistant director and actress, she later enrolled in the University of Lausanne, majoring in psychology and English literature. It is during this period that she discovered her passion for theatre and thus created her own theatre company (Cie Sweet Sorrow), with which she produces and directs different adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays. She obtained her Master’s degree in stage-directing on 2018 from La Manufacture (Lausanne).
Josefa Terribilini – Artist hospitality & logistics manager
Josefa Terribilini is a PHD researcher in 17th Century French Theater at the University of Lausanne. In recent years she has joined several university theater companies (Sweet Sorrow, Sun & Moon, Black Sheep) and performed in many plays by Shakespeare and others, in French and in English. As an actress she took part in the first two editions of the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival, playing Miranda in La Tempête and Lady Macduff in The Tragedy of Macbeth, both directed by Florence Rivero (2016), and Cordelia in King Lear (2017). In 2018 she co-founded Compagnie Acte V and co-directed Le Procès d’Horace with Marek Chojecki. During her Masters in literature and dramaturgy, she did a one-month internship at La Manufacture (HETSR) and worked as a theater critic and a communication manager at l’Atelier Critique. She is now working as a writer and editor for Fribourg Théâtre des Osses.
Vincent Laughery – Artist & staff catering manager
After completing an MA in Philosophy at the University of Lausanne (2015), Vincent Laughery received an FNS grant in 2017 to write a PhD dissertation on Shakespeare. Along with his scholarly activities, Vincent Laughery has been closely involved in university theater for the last ten years, both as an actor and a director. He is active in a number of associations that foster collaboration between scholars and artists.
Chloé Manz – Administrative and Production assistant
Chloe, who is passionate about languages and literature, is currently finishing her MA in English Literature & Slavic Languages with a specialization in literary translation. Immersed in the performing arts since her childhood, she first went on stage as a dancer and later as an actress. Upon arriving at the University of Lausanne, she joined the DK Company, which is linked to the EPFL, and became an enthusiast of anglophone and Russian theatre. Chloé is very active in university student life and has taken part in the organization of multiple events connected to the English Department.
Yannick Benisty – Direction assistant and press & communication manager
Having completed his BA in English and French Literature at the Universities of Lausanne and York (UK), Yannick Benisty is now adding to his MA in English a specialisation in translation. In addition to his studies and queer activism – at the heart of his artistic work – he co-organises a poetry club (the Food + Poetry Club), edited between 2016 and 2018 the literature and philosophy section of the Unkown Magazine (University of York) and has contributed since 2016 to the editing of the MUSE (magazine of Lausanne’s English Department). He has written and performed within the Collectif Transversal (2015-2017) a play entitled The Web (2017). His latest project is the writing and reading/performance of La Sensation des Fleurs (2018), a collection of poems on gender, love and sexuality.
Eugénie Bouquet – Graphic design & editing manager
Currently studying at the University of Lausanne, Eugénie is finishing her BA in English and Film Studies. She is interested in literature and theatre and has acted throughout high school and university. She is a member of the Polysson Compagny, linked to the EPFL, as well as the Impro Académie, an improvisation group. Eugénie is also co-president of FilmONs, the film Studies students association, as well as secretary of NUL, the University of Lausanne’s News Report. Eugénie is also passionate about drawing and illustration, to which she dedicates her free time.
Liz Watson – Social network manager
Originally from the United States, Liz received her BA in psychology from Boston University in 2010. After meeting her husband, She moved to Switzerland in 2014. Shorty after, she began studying French as a Foreign Language at the University of Lausanne and after a year transferred to the English department to pursue an MA in English Literature. When she is not studying English, she teaches English at a language school. She has appeared on stage in Cie Sweet Sorrow’s performances and has been an active theatergoer and performer since childhood.
Céline Magada – Ticket office manager
Passionate about languages and literature, Céline Magada is currently an MA student in English and Italian with a specialization in History of the book and critical edition of texts at the University of Lausanne. Parallel to her studies, Céline has also been a musician for almost 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 event organization. She is also editor for MUSE (Magazine for UNIL Students of English).
Sorcha Walsh – Webmaster
Sorcha Walsh is an undergraduate student of English and Computer Science for the Humanities at UNIL. Besides her studies, she is also highly involved in scouting, as the Deputy Group Leader of the Groupe Trois-Jetées based in Nyon. 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.
Catherine Vuilleumier – Communications & Press
Passionate about languages and different cultures, Catherine Vuilleumier obtained an MA in English at the University of Lausanne with a specialisation in Shakespeare studies. Her thesis addressed the relationship between agency and the supernatural in Shakespeare’s plays. Having cultivated an interest in theater from a young age, she was part of several non-professional productions and joined the EPFL’s theatrical improvisation team (PIP) during her studies. Currently working in education, Catherine dedicates much of her time to creative activities such as dancing, which she teaches along with having been in the organization of the Tangofolies International festival, and writing.
Daniel Grütter – Accounting
Daniel started off early in the professional world by completing a swiss commercial apprenticeship and then working as a junior accountant. In his spare time he played, wrote and directed for amateur theatre projects and then developed a particular interest in dramaturgy and performance theory. He then enrolled at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Bern, where he is currently a BA student.