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Paul Edmondson

Paul Edmondson

Paul Edmondson is General Editor of Blogging Shakespeare. He is Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is a trustee of The Rose Theatre Trust, co-series editor for Palgrave Macmillan’s Shakespeare Handbooks, and co-supervisory editor of the Penguin Shakespeare (for which he has contributed to several introductions).

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Elizabeth Woledge

Elizabeth Woledge

Dr. Elizabeth Woledge is Outreach and Informal Learning Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. After completing my PhD (on modern women writers and their representation of friendship between men) in 2005, I began my teaching career working for Manchester Met., Liverpool and Chester Universities. I taught a variety of modules from the Romantic Poets to Science Fiction, I was not particularly fussy what I taught I considered it was all good experience.

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Nick Walton

Dr Nick Walton is Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He obtained his MA and PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, and has taught at the University of Warwick. As Executive Secretary to the International Shakespeare Association he helped organise the Eighth World Shakespeare Congress in Brisbane, Australia in 2006, and is currently working toward the 2011 Congress to be held in Prague.

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Stanley Wells

Stanley Wells

Stanley Wells is Honorary President and a Life Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies of the University of Birmingham, Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His books include Literature and Drama; Royal Shakespeare: Studies of Four Major Productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Modernizing Shakespeare’s spelling; Re-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader; and Shakespeare: the Poet and his Plays.

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United States

Jay L Halio

Jay L HalioProfessor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he has taught since 1968. Before that he taught at the University of California, Davis. He is the author or editor of about 40 books on Shakespeare and on modern literature as well as many articles and reviews. He has written guides to King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice – among many others.


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Janice Valls-Russell

Janice Valls-Russell, who holds a doctorate on Pyramus and Thisbe in English Literature (Chaucer to Cowley), is a research assistant employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL), at Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier (France).

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United Kingdom

Andrew Cowie

Andrew CowieAndrew Cowie took his first degree in English and Philosophy at Lancaster University and his Masters in Drama and Theatre Education at Warwick University. He is an actor, director and playwright and his play, My Life In Art, was Time Out Critics’ Choice and has been translated into several languages including Finnish and Greek. Andrew works mainly as a freelance drama workshop facilitator in primary, secondary and tertiary education.

Stuart Hampton-reeves

Stuart Hampton-reevesIs the chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association and Professor of Research-informed Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire. He writes about Shakespeare in performance and has written performance histories of the Henry VI plays (with Carol Rutter), Othello and Measure for Measure.

Matt Kubus

Matt KubusMatt Kubus is a doctoral researcher and tutor at The Shakespeare Institute, specialising in dramatic bibliography and the textual editing of Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline drama. He is an active member of the SBT’s authorship campaign with a forthcoming chapter in the Cambridge University Press volume on Shakespeare Authorship co-edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells.

Hans Jansen

Hans Jansen Hans Jansen is a lecturer at the English Department of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Although his PhD was on medieval English love lyrics, his interests in drama have turned him into an amateur actor and director, and a regular pre-performance lecturer on English drama in theatres in the north of the Netherlands. He has been associated with the Shakespeare Theatre in Diever since 2007.



Shaul Bassi

Shaul Bassi Shaul Bassi is associate professor of English literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His research, teaching and publications are divided between Shakespeare, postcolonial literature (with a focus on India) and Jewish studies. He is the director of the Venice international literary festival Incroci di civilta and co-founder of The Venice Center of International Jewish Studies.

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