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Katherine Hennessey

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Katherine Hennessey is an assistant professor of English at the American University of Kuwait and the author of Shakespeare on the Arabian Peninsula (Palgrave 2018). Her scholarship focuses on theater and cinema in the Arabian Gulf, Yemen, and Ireland. She has held academic appointments on the Palestinian West Bank and in Yemen, and before moving to Kuwait she was a Global Shakespeare Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London, and a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Hennessey is the author of numerous articles on the performing arts in Yemen and the Gulf. She is co-editor, with Margaret Litvin, of the anthology Shakespeare in the Arab World (Berghahn, 2019); director of the short film Shakespeare in Yemen, which premiered in June 2018 at the Signature Theatre in New York City; and translator of Wajdi Al-Ahdal's A Crime on Restaurant Street, the first Yemeni play to appear in English. In 2018 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded her a yearlong fellowship to research and write her next book, Theatre on the Arabian Peninsula (Routledge 2021).

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