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Board of Trustees

  • Alison Findlay

    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.

  • José A. Pérez Díez

    José A. Pérez Díez

    Membership Officer & Joint Deputy Chair

    José A. Pérez Díez is a Lecturer in Early Modern Drama in the School of English at the University of Leeds. He is the Associate Editor of  The Complete Works of John Marston  (Oxford University Press, 2025), and his edition of Love’s Cure, or The Martial Maid by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger is published in the Revels Plays series (Manchester University Press, 2022). His research engages with textual editing and bibliography, book history, the influence of Spanish Golden Age literature on English Renaissance drama, the use of performance as research, and the study of Shakespeare in modern performance. His edition of Shakespeare’s King John is forthcoming in the Arden Shakespeare, Fourth Series.

  • Maria Shmygol

    Maria Shmygol

    Web and Communications Officer & Joint Deputy Chair

    Maria is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the University of Galway. She is assistant editor of The Complete Works of John Marston (under contract with Oxford University Press, gen. eds. Martin Butler and Matthew Steggle), and co-editor, with Lukas Erne, of the German play Tito Andronico (1620), published by Arden Shakespeare and available in open access. She is also preparing two separate editions of William Percy’s manuscript play, The Aphrodysial, for the Malone Society (in press) and Digital Renaissance Editions. With Eleanor Rycroft, she is co-editing a special issue of the Shakespeare journal on the theme of ‘Shakespeare in Action’. Maria has held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Universities of Leeds (2020-21) and Geneva (2016-19), and is a project member of Medieval and Early Modern Orients. Maria’s research interests include textual editing, early modern drama, travel literature, and cross-cultural encounters.

  • Coen Heijes

    Coen Heijes

    Treasurer

    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 wrote/edited/participated in books on the abolishment of slavery, multicultural society, diversity and leadership, stereotyping and perception, and performing early modern drama today; his latest book is Shakespeare, Blackface and Race (CUP, 2020). He is a member of the editorial board of Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance. He is particularly interested in topical political, social and ethical issues and how these relate to and interact with Shakespeare studies and performance.

  • Kat Hipkiss

    Kat Hipkiss

    Web and Comms Deputy

    Kat is a researcher, lecturer, actor, dramaturg, and director specialising in contemporary performances of early modern plays. The main focus of her research is corporeal feminist understandings of the body in performance, and she completed her PhD entitled ‘“My body shall pay recompense”: The Embodiment of Margaret in Selected Staged and Televised Cycles of the First Tetralogy’ at Bath Spa University in 2021. She is currently a Teacher at the University of Bristol and an Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University, and is working towards developing her PhD thesis for publication.

  • Miranda Fay Thomas

    Miranda Fay Thomas

    Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Trustee

    Miranda Fay Thomas is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance at Trinity College Dublin. Their research focuses on Shakespearean theatre history and its afterlives, with particular interests in embodiment and accessibility. Miranda is the author of Shakespeare’s Body Language: Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage (2019), and the editor of The Tempest for Arden Performance Editions (2021). Current projects include a co-edited collection (The Idea of the Shakespearean Actor), a new monograph on the politics of casting, and a critical edition of The Taming of A Shrew for the final volume of the New Oxford Shakespeare. From 2022, they will write the annual review of books on Shakespeare in performance for Shakespeare Survey. 

  • Deborah Cartmell

    Deborah Cartmell

    Chair of the Events Committee

    Deborah Cartmell is Professor of English and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, at De Montfort University. She is one of the founding trustees of the British Shakespeare Association and founder and co-editor of the Shakespeare (Routledge) and Adaptation (Oxford University Press) journals. Her latest publication is Adaptation: Critical and Primary Sources, 3 volumes, ed. with Imelda Whelehan (Bloomsbury, 2022).

  • Karen McGivern

    Karen McGivern

    Education Trustee

    I was a secondary school English teacher for eighteen years, working in the UK and overseas. For the last five years, I have been involved in Initial Teacher Education, training and supporting people to become English teachers. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Recently, I completed my PhD in Shakespeare and Education. My thesis focused on student and teacher perceptions of the value of ‘reworked’ Shakespeare texts in English schools. The interviews that I conducted for my study gave me an insight into how Shakespeare is currently taught and valued.

  • Ollie Jones

    Ollie Jones

    Chair of Performance and Media Committee

    Ollie Jones is Senior Lecturer in Theatre in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at the University of York. His research and teaching combine traditional and interdisciplinary research with practice. He has written on early modern touring performances, the architecture and decoration of indoor playhouses, and is developing work on early modern rhetoric and the modern rehearsal room. As assistant director and director he has worked on productions including James Shirley’s Hyde Park, George Peele’s The Troublesome Reign of King John, and staged work by Philip Massinger, John Webster, and John Ford, Thomas Dekker and William Rowley. He is currently co-director and investigator on the Shakespeare’s Rivals project.

  • Eleanor Rycroft

    Eleanor Rycroft

    Outgoing 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 the author of Facial Hair and the Performance of Early Modern Masculinity (Routledge, 2019).

  • Lisa Hopkins

    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

    Paul Edmondson

    Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Representative

    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.

  • Simon Smith

    Simon Smith

    Shakespeare Institute Representative

    Simon Smith is Associate Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham. He researches early modern drama, music and sensory culture. His monograph, Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625 (Cambridge, 2017), won the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award and the University English Book Prize. He has edited three essay collections, most recently Playing and Playgoing in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2022; with Emma Whipday). Current projects include a Leverhulme-funded study of playgoing, pleasure and judgement. He has acted as a historical music and theatre consultant to the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Independent and the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall, and acted as music director for several research productions of early modern plays and masques.

  • Thea Buckley

    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).

  • Sue Best and Phil Bowen

    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.

BSA COMMITTEES

Four committees with delegated authority report to the Board: Events, Education, Performance and Media, and Honorary 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 by getting in touch via the Contact Us form.

Education Committee

  • Chair: Chris Green
  • Mary Carey
  • Karen Eckersall
  • Darren Freebury-Jones
  • Wendy Lennon
  • Charley Lockie
  • Myfanwy Marshall
  • Helen Mears
  • Karen McGivern
  • Sarah Olive
  • Emma Smith
  • Fiona Williams

Events Committee

  • Chair: Deborah Cartmell
  • Susan Anderson
  • Karen Eckersall
  • Paul Edmondson
  • Trevor Griffith
  • Maria Shmygol
  • Peter Smith

Media and Performance Committee

  • Chair: Ollie Jones
  • Sue Best 
  • Phil Bowen
  • Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Rachel Chung
  • Alasdair Craig
  • Sangeeta Datta
  • Sarah Dustagheer
  • Mark France
  • Andrew French
  • Zoe Hudson
  • Andrea Montgomery
  • Steve Purcell
  • Sara Reimers
  • Eleanor Rycroft

Honorary Fellowships Committee

  • Chair: Eleanor Rycroft
  • Jessica Chiba
  • Paul Edmondson
  • Alison Findlay 
  • Andrew Gurr
  • Tracey Irish
  • Paul Prescott
  • Miranda Fay Thomas
  • Ramona Wray
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