Peter Brathwaite is an award-winning opera singer, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a writer and also a visual artist. He studied at the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music and Operastudio Vlaanderen, Ghent. He was born in Manchester and graduated with a First Class degree in Fine Art & Philosophy from Newcastle University. He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus) honoris causa of Newcastle University in July 2023. In 2023/24 he will perform at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Little Bulb's Olivier Award-winning Wolf Witch Giant Fairy. He also takes up an artist residency at Snape Maltings, where he also makes a role debut in the 75th Aldeburgh Festival. Peter Brathwaite is currently a visiting artist developing a project with the Humanities Cultural Programme, supported by the Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book and the Humanities Cultural Programme/TORCH, and in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries project ‘We Are Our History’: Towards Racial Equity.
Farah Karim-Cooper is Professor of Shakespeare Studies, King’s College London and Director of Education & Research at Shakespeare’s Globe. Farah has recently served as President of the Shakespeare Association of America after having served three years as Trustee and Vice-President. She is on the Advisory Council for the Warburg Institute and the Council for the Society of Renaissance Studies. She is also on the Board of Trustees at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Karim-Cooper has held visiting fellowships around the world, including TORCH Humanities Cultural Programme Visiting Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Exeter College, both in 2022-2023. She led the architectural enquiries into early modern theatres at Shakespeare’s Globe, overseeing the research into the design and construction of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe’s indoor Jacobean theatre. Her most recent publication is The Great White Bard (One World, 2023).