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Dr Elizabeth Kuti

Staff positionSenior Lecturer, Director of Centre for Theatre Studies
Telephone01206 873408

Elizabeth Kuti is Senior Lecturer in Drama, where she teaches playwriting and theatre-related modules.

Before joining the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies in 2004, she worked extensively as a playwright and actor in Irish theatre, where her roles included the title role in The Colleen Bawn (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Lyttelton Theatre, NT, London) and Olivia in Twelfth Night (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). As a playwright, her work for theatre includes Treehouses (Peacock Theatre, Dublin); The Whisperers (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Irish tour); The Sugar Wife (Project Arts Centre, Dublin and Soho Theatre, London); and The Six-Days’ World (Finborough Theatre, London; developed at National Theatre Studio). She has written extensively for BBC radio, including most recently, two series of Dear Mr Spectator for Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Sugar Wife and the Stewart Parker Radio award for Treehouses. She is currently writing a new play commissioned by the National Theatre.


BA Oxon; PhD Trinity College Dublin

Additional information

She would particularly welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

  • Contemporary playwrights and new writing for the stage
  • Theatre and drama in the long eighteenth century
  • Women's writing' theatre and gender
  • Playwriting and creative writing

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