I am a current PhD student in the Department of English at Kings College London, supervised by Professor Lucy Munro and Dr Sarah Lewis. My postgraduate research is funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Before my doctorate, I achieved a first-class degree at Queens University Belfast and a Distinction in my Master's from the Shakespeare Insitute, University of Birmingham. My current work is focussed on delving into the socio-political identity and agency of boy actors and their familial, dramatic, and public positioning, my research will demonstrate how the lives and representation of children on stage were shaped by institutions such as education, apprenticeships, the law, impressment, marriage, and the family. My thesis will explore a range of children and adult company drama from the 1580s to the 1620s, and examine the impact on boy actors and child characters of institutionalisation in early modern culture.