Oliver read Archaeology at the University of York, graduating with First Class Honours in 2006. He gained a Distinction in his Masters in Medieval Studies in 2007 and started his doctoral research in October 2008.
Registered in the Department of Archaeology, co-supervised in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media, and a member of the Centre for Renaissance and Early-Modern Studies (CREMS), his work necessitates an hollistic and truly interdisciplinary approach, combining methodologies from archaeological, historical, literary and theatrical academic traditions.
Since July 2011 Ollie has been the King’s College London/ Shakespeare’s Globe Indoor Jacobean Theatre Research Associate, examining the building and documentary evidence for Jacobean theatres and associated buildings that will inform the design of the new Indoor Jacobean Theatre next to Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside.
His wider research interests include:
- The archaeology of medieval and early-modern buildings
- Space, performance and social discourse
- Pre-Shakespearian drama and the development of the Elizabethan theatre
- Shakespeare and renaissance drama in performance
- The Mystery Cycles - performance and social identity