Project Leaders

Dr. Susan Bennett

Susan Bennett is a University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her publications address a wide range of topics across theatre and performance studies, as well as in Shakespeare studies. Her books include Theatre Audiences and Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past published by Routledge, Theatre & Museums and Performing Environments: Site-Specificity in Medieval and Early Modern English Drama (co-edited with Mary Polito) published by Palgrave, and Shakespeare Beyond English (co-edited with Christie Carson) published by Cambridge University Press. Shakespeare Beyond English is the only complete archival account of the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, part of the World Shakespeare Festival held in conjunction with the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Her current research interests concern the international circulation of performance culture and the instrumental uses of live performance in the staging of mega-events such as Olympic games, world expositions, and other major festivals.

Dr. Sonia Massai

Sonia Massai is Professor of Shakespeare Studies in the English Department at King's College London. She has published widely on the history of the transmission of Shakespeare on the stage and on the page, focusing specifically on the evolution of Shakespeare's texts in print before 1709 and on the appropriation of Shakespeare across different languages, media, and cultures in the late 20C and early 21C. Her publications include her book, Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor (Cambridge University Press, 2007), collections of essays on Shakespeare and Textual Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and World-Wide Shakespeare: Local Appropriations in Film and Performance (Routledge, 2005), and critical editions of The Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and John Ford's Tis Pity She's a Whore for Arden Early Modern Drama (2011).

Web Designer and Editor 

Jess Nicol

Jess Nicol is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, specializing in creative writing and fictocriticism. She has performed her short fiction in venues around Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Her work is published in filling Station magazine and online at McSweeney's Internet Tendency. She received a 2016 University of Calgary Teaching Award and a 2015 Students' Union Teaching Award for her work as a Teaching Assistant in English literature and theory classrooms. Jess's dedication to pedagogy intersects with her chosen critical fields of study: fictocriticism, archival work, and digital humanities, and she has presented her research in these fields at a variety of national Canadian conferences. Jess brings her digital skills and editorial eye to the Performance Shakespeare 2016 archive, as well as her own experience with archival research.  

Research Assistants

Benjamin Blyth

Benjamin is currently studying for an MA in English at the University of Calgary. As an undergraduate he read History at the University of Cambridge, and also holds an MA in Theatre from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Ben is Artistic Director of the Shoreditch-based Shakespeare Company Malachite Theatre, a company dedicated to reconnecting Shakespeare’s early work with Shoreditch in the public consciousness. He has recently directed the first female Henry V on the Canadian stage, and toured a production of Hamlet to China as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations. He is currently preparing to play Richard III at the remains of the Rose Playhouse, Bankside in July 2017.

Rowena Hawkins

Rowena is currently studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Her main research interest is Shakespeare in contemporary performance. Rowena has worked with international theatre festival LIFT and frequently reviews theatre for online publications. She won the IdeasTap and A Younger Theatre Edinburgh Young Critics Scheme in 2014 and was also selected as one of In Between Time 2015's Festival Writers.

Shana Krisiloff

Shana is currently an MA student in Shakespearean Studies at King’s College London. She completed her Undergraduate Degree under the tutelage of Professors Cyrus Mulready and Katherine French at the State University of New Paltz, including a secondment to the University of Oxford. She has been involved in several research projects concerning early modern material culture, as well as presented on the subject at academic conferences. Her current area of interest is in the politicial and humoral body of the early modern actor, and she is keen to continue such study at a doctoral level in the future.

Aimee Morris

Aimee graduated with a degree in English Literature and Film Studies from the University of Cape Town in 2013. A summer school course at Oxford University on 'Shakespeare on Stage and Screen' inspired her to further her literary studies in the UK. She is now completing her MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London, her primary research interest being Shakespeare and visual art. Aimee hopes to go into factual arts programming once she has finished her studies. She also aspires to direct and produce film versions of the plays. No doubt this is a result of an her unhealthy obsession with Kenneth Branagh.


Agnese Mortukāne, Daugavpils Theatre
Alexa Huang, George Washington University
Aleksandra Sakowska, The Shakespeare Institute  
Alfredo Michel Modenessi, National University of Mexico (UNAM)
Alvin Lim, National University of Singapore; Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive
Amber Curreen, Te Rēhia Theatre Company
Amy Bonsall, Bilimankhwe University; Leeds University  
Andrea Peghinelli, Sapienza - Università di Roma
Arne Pohlmeier, Two Gents Productions
Åsne Dahl Torp
Atul Kumar
Ben Spiller, 1623 theatre company
Charlene V. Smith, Brave Spirits Theatre
Clementine Lovell, Pop-up Opera
Cristina Faria, Teatro Nacional D.Maria II
Dan Venning, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Daniel Schulze, University of Würzburg
Daria Moskvitina, Ukrainian Shakespeare Centre
David Bullen, By Jove Theatre Company
Edel Semple, University College Cork
Dr. Eiman M. S. Tunsi, Saudi Theatre Association; King Abdul Aziz University
Elisabeth Wennerström
Dr. Ema Vyroubalová, Trinity College Dublin
Emanuela Craveri
Emer McHugh, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway
Emília Silvestre,  Ensemble-Sociedade de Actores, Portuguese Theatre Company
Emiliana Russo, Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (IASEMS)
Giampaolo Nalli, Teatro de los Andes
Hyon-u Lee, Soon Chun Hyang University
Jasmine Seymour
Jonathan Shailor, Shakespeare Prison Project
Jun Li, University of International Business and Economics
Katherine Hennessey, Moore Institute, NUI Galway
Katherine Schaap Williams,  New York University Abu Dhabi  
Krista May, World Shakespeare Bibliography, Texas A&M
Lars Harald Maagerø
Louis Patrick Leroux, Concordia University
Marco Gambino, Producer/Actor
Margarida Gandara Rauen, UNICENTRO, Paraná, Brazil
Melkorka Tekla Olafsdottir, The National Theatre of Iceland
Mia Hewitt
Morag Massey, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory
Naemi Pebaqué
Natasha Sosfranac, Belgrade University
Natasja Ravnsbæk
Nelya BabynetsNational Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM
Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi
Preti Taneja, Warwick University
Rajat Kapoor
Research, Globe Education
Rita Stone, Auckland Shakespeare Company
Rob Conkie, La Trobe University
Robert Ormsby, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Russell Slater, The Raw Shakespeare Project
Sandro De Feo, CCN-Théâtre du Pommier
Sarah Olive, University of York
Shauna O'Brien, Trinity College Dublin
Silje Thorkildsen, Haugesund Teater    
Susie Potter
Tom Bishop,