Elizabeth Hunter is a PhD candidate in Northwestern University’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama, where her dissertation analyzes spectatorship in contemporary immersive and interactive productions of Shakespeare in the United States. In 2014, she was commissioned to build an online pitch curriculum for Northwestern’s Delta Lab, and in 2016 she co-designed an online ecosystem for musicians through the Farley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She received a Segal Design Research Council Fellowship to prototype Something Wicked, her video game adaptation of Shakespeare’s gory, witchy tragedy, Macbeth. Hunter is currently leading a development team at DePaul University to build the game, and she has a forthcoming publication in Shakespeare Bulletin.
Before coming to Northwestern, Hunter launched a theatre company at a restored blast furnace in Birmingham, Alabama. She helped pilot the Cultural Alliance’s artist-as-educator residency, and for three years was an adjunct professor of theatre at Samford University. Hunter has also worked as a screenwriter and as the head of development for an independent film company in New York City.
Elizabeth's research interests include interactive spectatorship; audience engagement; critical making; transmedia adaptation
MFA, dramaturgy, Columbia University, New York, NY
BA, English and psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Significant RecognitionMellon Classics Cluster Fellowship
Northwestern Fellowship in Leadership
Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham Grant to Individual Artists