Adrienne is a cultural historian who specialises in theatre and drama in Scotland. She has ongoing research interests in popular and political theatre and the wider creative industries and cultural policies which surround them - especially national and regional policies and provision.
She began her career with a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and has held academic posts at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Glasgow, where she was the James Arnott Chair in Drama and Dean of Research for the College of Arts, and, currently, Queen’s University Belfast, where she was Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and QUB Swan Director.
Adrienne has held a range of external and advisory roles with Russell Group and other research-intensive universities, post-92 universities, Small Specialist Institutions and international institutions. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has been a director of several education and arts-sector boards: she served as chair of the Citizens’ Theatre Glasgow and is currently a trustee of the National Library of Scotland, a lay member of the court of Edinburgh Napier University and a council member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.