Melissa Merchant is a tutor and lecturer in Theatre and Drama at Murdoch University, specialising in Shakespeare and Children’s Theatre. She has recently completed a PhD and is awaiting the results of its examination. Her areas of research interest include Shakespeare, the Restoration, feminist perspectives of theatre and the intersection of politics, religion and drama.
Melissa has also worked outside of the university as an actress, a writer and a director for a number of years.
It is this practical experience in the theatrical world which has pushed her to focus on praxis-led research.