Welcome to the British Shakespeare Association

The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association of teachers, researchers, theatre practitioners, writers and enthusiasts. The BSA is a registered charity and its aims are educational – ‘to promote and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his work’. Read more about us »

The British Shakespeare Association is governed by a Board of Trustees and Directors who are responsible for ensuring that the BSA meets its charitable objectives.

Three committees with delegated authority report to the Board: Events, Education, and Fellowships. Trustees are elected every three years. If you would be interested in joining either the Board or one of the committees, let us know.

Board of Trustees

Alison Findlay
Chair

Alison Findlay is Professor of Renaissance Drama and Director of the Shakespeare Programme at the University of Lancaster. After completing her PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, she spent a year teaching in Cross Hills School, near Skipton and then at Bretton Hall College (University of Leeds) before she moved to Lancaster. She is the author of Illegitimate Power: Bastards in Renaissance Drama (1994), A Feminist Perspective on Renaissance Drama (1999), Women in Shakespeare (2010) and Much Ado About Nothing: a guide to the text and the play in performance (2011). She co-edited Twelfth Night: A Critical Reader (2014) and is now co-editing Shakespeare and Greece, both for Arden. Alison enjoys teaching through performance, using workshops and productions, most recently Midsummer Night’s Dream in the courtyard of Lancaster Castle.

Marion Wynne-Davies
Treasurer

Professor Marion-Wynne-Davies teaches English Literature at the University of Surrey. She is a well-established scholar, having written seventeen books and numerous articles; she has also held several prestigious international fellowships, including ones at the Sorbonne, Paris and the Folger and Huntington Libraries in America. Her main areas of interest are Early Modern literature and women’s writing. Her publications include criticisms on key authors of the English Renaissance, including Shakespeare, Jonson and Milton, as well as on women writers from the seventeenth century writers such as Mary Wroth to contemporary authors, for example, Margaret Atwood.

José A. Pérez Díez
Membership Officer

José A. Pérez Díez is a Research Fellow at the School of English of the University of Leeds, where he is currently working on the new critical edition of the complete works of John Marston (Oxford University Press, 2020; Martin Butler and Matthew Steggle, gen. eds). As an editor of English Renaissance drama, he is particularly interested in the interaction between performance and the editing process. His other research activities include the study of Shakespeare in modern performance, the influence of Spanish Golden Age literature on Jacobean drama, and the works of John Fletcher. He regularly reviews Renaissance plays for several academic journals and he is Associate Editor for England of Reviewing Shakespeare.

Gabriel Egan
Journal Editor

Gabriel Egan is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University. He is a General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare and co-edits the BSA’s journal Shakespeare and the journal Theatre Notebook. He is an AHRC Leadership Fellow working on the differences between the quarto and Folio texts of Shakespeare.

Paul Edmondson
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Rep
Paul Edmondson

Paul Edmondson is Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He has published numerous articles and books on Shakespeare and speaks at academic conferences and Shakespeare events around the world. He is Chair of The Hosking Houses Trust for women writers and a priest in The Church of England and serves at St Andrew’s Church, Shottery.

Karin Brown
Shakespeare Institute Representative
Karin Brown

Karin Brown is Librarian at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Former Co-Chair of the Association of Performing Arts Collections (2014-2017). Awarded AHRC funding to develop designs for a Virtual Shakespeare Performance Archive (2013). Professional interest in finding innovative and creative ways of connecting researchers and Shakespeare enthusiasts with archives. Research interests in Shakespeare in performance and on film; contributor of performance histories to RSC Shakespeare editions.

James Harriman-Smith
Web and Communications Officer

James Harriman-Smith is a lecturer in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature at Newcastle University. He studied for a PhD at the University of Cambridge where he was the Charles Oldham Shakespeare scholar and a winner of the Harness Prize for Shakespeare.

Andrew Jarvis
Chair of the Fellowships Committee

Andrew Jarvis has been a professional actor for over 45 years. As well as spending many seasons in Repertory Theatre, he worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for nine years and the English Shakespeare Company for five years. He has also appeared at the National Theatre and many times in the West End – most recently in the Ralph Fiennes “The Tempest” at the Haymarket Theatre. Andrew has been involved in actor training for over twenty years – including three years as Head of Postgraduate Performance Courses at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Paul Prescott
Elected Member
Paul Prescott

Paul Prescott is Reader in English at the University of Warwick. He has recently published Reviewing Shakespeare: Journalism and Performance from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (CUP, 2013), a critical biography of Sam Wanamaker for the Great Shakespeareans series (Bloomsbury, 2013), and, as coeditor, A Year of Shakespeare: Reliving the World Shakespeare Festival (Arden, 2013). He is the co-creator and General Editor of Year of Shakespeare, Reviewing Shakespeare and Shakespeare on the Road,a major digital platform analysing and celebrating the work of North American Shakespeare festivals in the period 2014–16.

Brett Greatley-Hirsch
Elected Member

Brett Greatley-Hirsch is University Academic Fellow in Textual Studies and Digital Editing at the University of Leeds. He is coordinating editor of Digital Renaissance Editions and a co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association. His book, Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama: Beyond Authorship (2017, co-authored with Hugh Craig), brings together his research interests in early modern drama, computational stylistics, and literary history.

Tracy Irish
Elected Member

Tracy Irish is a researcher and practitioner, specialising in Shakespeare and theatre practice for education. Following fifteen years as a teacher in the UK and internationally, Tracy has worked with the RSC for the last ten years: six years as the programme developer for the Learning and Performance Network and then the World Shakespeare Festival; and the last four years as an Education Associate Practitioner, alongside completing her PhD at the University of Warwick.  She also works closely with Butterfly Theatre Company who specialise in Meisner practice and site-specific Shakespeare. Her key interest is in exploring how Shakespeare’s language communicates and how his plays can support intercultural understanding.

Helen Mears
Elected Member

Helen’s relationship with Shakespeare is experiential rather than academic as she is a teacher with strong links to theatre. Her interest is with first encounters with Shakespeare. She has completed a Masters in the Advanced Teaching of Shakespeare which has made her acutely aware of the dynamic ways in which Shakespeare can be taught. She also feels that theatres are at the forefront in engagement with Shakespeare, also offering opportunities for positive engagement. As a volunteer steward at Shakespeare’s Globe and a keen patron of the RSC she has seen most of Shakespeare’s plays performed and the variety of ways in which they can be presented as crucial in keeping his legacy fresh and relevant.

Eleanor Rycroft
Elected Member

Eleanor Rycroft lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol. Originally a theatre director, she played a key role in large-scale practice-based research projects such as ‘Staging the Henrician Court’ and ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court’. She has conducted a number of written and practical studies on early modern performance, most recently a co-edited special issue of Shakespeare Bulletin on ‘(Re)constructed Spaces for Performance: Research in Practice’ and a Research-in-Action workshop at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse entitled ‘Walking the City in the Indoor Playhouse’.  She teaches and practices early modern drama at Bristol and programmes seasons for the Wickham Theatre. She is currently writing a monograph on facial hair and the performance of early modern masculinity to be published in 2019.

Susan Anderson
Chair of the Events Committee

Susan Anderson is Deputy Head of English at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on disability and ways of understanding difference. She has also written on music, performance and pageantry in the Shakespearean period, and is the author of Echo and Meaning on Early Modern English Stages.

Karen Eckersall
Co-Chair of the Education Committee

Karen Eckersall was a teacher and literature co-ordinator at a secondary school in inner city Salford. As this school is the hub school for English School Centred Initial Teacher Training in her area, she also lead sessions in active approaches to teaching literature there. She is passionate about innovative teaching and learning of Shakespeare’s work with her main focus being on Key Stages 3 and 4. She is an encourager of social mobility and an obsessive theatregoer.

Chris Green
Co-Chair of the Education Committee

Chris Green is Director of English and Drama at The Perse School in Cambridge, and Director of Studies for the annual summer schools run for overseas students by Cambridge Programmes at Churchill College. He is also Principal Examiner for the Shakespeare component of the ‘revised’ A-Level in English Literature for a major UK Awarding Body, and a member of OCR’s Consultative Forum for English. His publications include a guide to managing aspects of school English departments.

Elizabeth Glyn
Assistant Treasurer

Elizabeth Glyn is an investment manager who runs her own firm in London. She has nearly 20 years’ of experience in financial services, managing pension funds and hedge funds invested in Global Equity funds. She is a CFA charterholder and she has been very involved in the charitable sector in various ways. In her other life, she has a PhD on Shakespeare’s Queenship from Kings College London, where she has taught courses in Shakespeare and the Early Modern period, and a Masters in Medieval History. Her PhD specifically looked at Shakespeare’s most controversial queens and their techniques of influence; negotiation, intercession and obstruction.

Sarah Olive
Editor of Teaching Shakespeare Magazine

Sarah Olive is the Founding Editor of Teaching Shakespeare. She also founded the Education network blog and previously headed up the Education committee. She is a Senior Lecturer in English in Education at the University of York. Her monograph Shakespeare Valued: policy, practice and popular culture in education, 1989-2009 was published in 2015 (Intellect). Her research interests include Shakespeare’s afterlives, particularly in popular culture and education. Follow her on Twitter @DrSarahOlive.

Education Committee

  • Co-Chair: Karen Eckersall
  • Co-Chair: Chris Green
  • Helen Mears
  • Sylvia Morris
  • Laura Nicklin
  • Paul Prescott
  • Alexandra (Alix) Scott-Martin
  • Fiona Williams
  • James Stredder

Events Committee

  • Chair: Susan Anderson
  • Marion-Wynne Davies
  • Trevor Griffiths
  • Paul Edmondson
  • Alison Findlay
  • Peter J Smith
  • Erin Sullivan

Fellowship Committee

  • Chair: Andrew Jarvis
  • Karen Eckersall
  • Michael Fenner
  • Paul Prescott
  • Paul Edmondson
  • Martin Wiggins
  • Alison Findlay
  • Ramona Wray
  • Tracy Irish

Media and Performance Committee

  • Chair: Paul Prescott
  • Frank Bramwell
  • Tracy Irish
  • Andrew Jarvis
  • Eleanor Rycroft