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

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.

Coen Heijes

Coen Heijes teaches Shakespeare, Presentism and Performance at the University of Groningen. He finished his CPA education in 1994 and holds MAs in Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare & Theatre, English Literature, and Anthropology and completed his PhD on the impact of history and culture on communication. He has published on topics including the abolishment of slavery, multicultural society, diversity and leadership, stereotyping and perception, and performing early modern drama today. He is a member of the editorial board of Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance and is currently working on Shakespeare, ethics and leadership and Shakespeare,
blackface and performance.

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.

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.

Maria Shmygol
Web and Communications Officer

Maria is an editor on the Oxford University Press edition of The Complete Works of John Marston. Her edition of the German play Tito Andronico (1620), prepared in collaboration with Lukas Erne, is forthcoming with Arden Shakespeare in early 2022. She is also preparing two separate editions of William Percy’s The Aphrodysial (1602) for the Malone Society and Digital Renaissance Editions. Maria is a project member of Medieval and Early Modern Orients.

Lisa Hopkins
Journal Representative

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English and head of the Graduate School. She read English at King’s College, Cambridge and then did a PhD on John Ford at the University of Warwick. She is a co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, of the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides, and of Arden Studies in Early Modern Drama. She has published extensively on Renaissance drama, principally Marlowe, Shakespeare and Ford, and is also interested in literature on screen and the work of Bram Stoker.

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.

Karen Eckersall
Chair of the Events 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
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.

Mark Thornton Burnett
Chair of Performance and Media Committee

Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the author of Masters and Servants in English Renaissance Drama and Culture: Authority and Obedience (1997), Constructing ‘Monsters’ in Shakespearean Drama and Early Modern Culture (2002), Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace (2007; 2nd ed. 2013), Shakespeare and World Cinema (2013) and ‘Hamlet’ and World Cinema (2019). His co-edited volumes include Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (2000), Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (2006), Filming and Performing Renaissance History (2011) and The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (2011). He is a Fellow of the English Association, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Director of the Kenneth Branagh Archive.

Eleanor Rycroft
Chair of Honorary Fellowships Committee

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.

Sue Best and Phil Bowen
Joint Elected Members

Phil’s first acting job after training at Webber Douglas was to play the back legs of the Donkey in ‘Puss in Boots’ at Leatherhead. His subsequent career ranged from touring Shakespeare worldwide with Michael Redgrave, then with The London Shakespeare Group for the British Council, to seasons at Regent’s Park and playing Hamlet for Michael Bogdanov at the Old Vic.

Sue’s acting career spans appearing in Dr Who to playing Shakespeare in heritage sites. As a Director she ran the W.11 Children’s Opera, taught at Hounslow Borough College, worked as Staff Producer at the Royal Opera House and with Michael Bogdanov as his Assistant Director for the English Shakespeare Company, where she met Phil. Together they formed the Charity Shakespeare Link, engaging with Shakespeare’s words and vision not only through teaching and performing but as a medium for communication and debate.

Now based in mid Wales Shakespeare Link continues to explore the plays whilst hosting an eclectic mix of theatre, workshops, music and community events at its flagship Willow Globe Theatre.

Thea Buckley
Minuting Secretary

Thea Buckley is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, mentored by Professor Mark Thornton Burnett on the project ‘South Indian Shakespeares: Reimagining Art Forms and Identities’. Thea has previously worked for the Shakespeare Institute, British Library, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, co-edited the Shakespeare Institute Review and published work in A Year of ShakespeareCahiers Élisabéthains (2013); Multicultural Shakespeare (2014); Reviewing Shakespeare (2015); and Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas (2019).

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

Previous Officers

  • Abigail Rokison-Woodall (BSA Chair)
  • Gabriel Egan (Journal Representative)
  • James Harriman-Smith (Web and Communications Officer)
  • Susan Anderson (Chair, Events Committee)

Previous Trustees