Kevin Curran – President
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.
Florence Rivero – Artistic director
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 direction at the Festival Friscènes for her adaptation of The Tragedy of Macbeth in 2016. Since then, she has assisted 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. Her graduation play LOLITA will be playing at the Theatre Saint-Gervais (Geneva) during the 2020 spring season.
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 other playwrights, 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 the Compagnie Acte V and co-directed Le Procès d’Horace with Marek Chojecki. During her MA in literature and dramaturgy, she completed a one-month internship at La Manufacture (HETSR) and worked as a theater critic and a communications manager at l’Atelier Critique. She is now working as a writer and editor for the Théâtre des Osses in Fribourg.
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 assistant and editorial writer
Chloé’s passion for literature and languages led her to finish her MA in English Literature & Slavic Languages with a specialization in literary translation, having completed a dissertation on ballet adaptations of Shakespeare. Immersed in the performing arts since her childhood, her first experience on stage was as a dancer and later as an actor. Upon arriving at the University of Lausanne, she joined the DK Company and Les Polyssons, which are linked to the EPFL, and became an enthusiast of anglophone and Russian theatre. Chloé was very active in university student life and has taken part in the organization of multiple events connected to the English Department. Currently, she is translating a short story by Louisa May Alcott and is also completing her translation Suzette Haden Elgin’s novel Native Tongue into French.
Ezra Benisty – Direction assistant, social media & 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). They also wrote and read/performed La Sensation des Fleurs (2018), a collection of poems on gender, love and sexuality. For two consecutive years they were the Direction Assistant, Press & Communication Manager, and Graphic Design Manager for the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival. Due to time restrains, they now mainly focus on the festival’s visuals, as a graphic designer. They have been published in the 2020 issue of the the well-known German anthology Mein schwules Auge | My Gay Eye. While exploring intimacy and sexuality through Polaroids, they also work as a freelance translator and are preparing the translation of Angela Carter’s poetry. As far as social media are concerned, they are mainly on Instagram.
Eugénie Bouquet – Graphic design & editing manager
Eugenie began her BA in English and Film Studies at the University of Lausanne, a period during which was also involved in multiple associative activities on campus. After having obtained her BA, she then decided to attempt the competitive exam at the Lucerne School of Arts and Design where she is currently studying animation. Having always had a passion for theatre, she started to work for the Lausanne Shakespeare Festival in 2018, and was then responsible for creating the festival’s posters for the 2019 edition.
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. During 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 events organization. She is also an editor for MUSE (Magazine for UNIL Students of English).
Sorcha Walsh – Webmaster
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.
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 amateur 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.