Advisory Board

  • Michael Best, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Victoria, B.C.
  • Tom Bishop, Professor of English, University of Auckland
  • Edna Boris, Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York
  • Nicholas Clary, Professor of English, Saint Michael's College
  • John Drakakis Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Stirling
  • Roy Flannagan, Emeritus Professor, Ohio University, Scholar-in-Residence, University of South Carolina, Beaufort 2000-2009
  • Phyllis Gorfain, Retired Professor of English, Oberlin College
  • Terence Hawkes, (Deceased) Emeritus Professor of English, University of Wales, Cardiff
  • Todd M. Lidh, Director of the First-Year Experience and Clinical Assistant Professor of English The Catholic University of America
  • Eric Luhrs, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Lafayette College, and SHAKSPER Technical Consultant
  • Dale Lyles, Media Specialist and former Artistic Director of the Newnan Community Theatre Company
  • Cary Mazer, Associate Professor of Theatre Art and English at the University of Pennsylvania
  • David Schalkwyk, Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly
  • Frank Whigham, Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Michael Best

Emeritus Professor, Department of English, University of Victoria, B.C. Author of articles on the drama of John Lyly and John Webster, wine, cookery, and medicine in the Renaissance; editor of Renaissance books on magic and huswifery; author and developer of Shakespeare's Life and Times, a CD ROM. Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions. <>.


Tom Bishop

Professor of English and (until recently) Head of Department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he teaches Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Drama and sundries, only sometimes simultaneously. His publications include Shakespeare and the Theater of Wonder (Cambridge, 1996) and a verse translation of Ovid's Amores (Carcanet, 2003). He is currently editing Pericles for the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and working on a project entitled "Shakespeare's Theatre Games." He still gets too much e-mail for his own good.


Edna Boris

Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. Founder and director of Words/Worth Associates, Inc., which provides writing skills and management skills training programs for lawyers and other business professionals. ; Author of Shakespeare’s English Kings, the People, and the Law: A Study in the Relationship Between the Tudor Constitution and the English History Plays (Associated University Presses); “Teaching Shakespeare in the Multi-cultural Classroom.” Sharon Beehler and Holger Klein, eds. Shakespeare Yearbook XII 2001, Shakespeare and Higher Education - A Global Perspective. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001. 176-196. “’To be’ in France—The Virtual Impossibility of Knowing.” Cahiers Elisabethains 62 (October 2002) 65-72. ; “To Soliloquize or Not to Soliloquize - Hamlet’s ‘To be’ Speech in Q1 and Q2/F.” Hardin Aasand, ed. Stage Directions in Hamlet: New Essays and New Directions. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002. 115-33.


Nicholas Clary

Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.  Coordinating editor of and co-editor of the New Variorum Hamlet team.


John Drakakis

John Drakakis is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Stirling, and visiting professor at the University of Lincoln. He has honorary degrees from Glyndwr University in Wrexham where for the past three years he has advised on the Humanities, and from Blaise Pascal University in Clermont Ferrand. He received his BA and MA from the University of Cardiff, and his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds.  He is the editor of the Arden 3 series The Merchant of Venice, the editor of Alternative Shakespeares (1985), and the general editor of thee Routledge New Critical Idiom series. He has jointly edited books on Tragedy (with Naomi Leibler), Macbeth in the Arden Critical Reader series (with Dale Townshend), Gothic Shakespeares in the Accents on Shakespeare series (with Dale Townshend), and he has published books and articles on Shakespeare.  He is currently the general editor of the revision of Geoffrey Bullough's Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare and he will contribute the volume on The Tragedies to this project. He has been invited to deliver plenary lectures across the world, and his most recent visits have been to Washington, Spain and Italy.


Eric Luhrs

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Lafayette College.


Roy Flannagan

Founding Editor of Milton Quarterly and Editor from 1966 until 2003, when I turned the chores over to Edward Jones, longtime Associate Editor.  My Macmillan Paradise Lost won the Irene Samuel Award of the Milton Society of America, and it was followed by the Houghton Mifflin Riverside Milton.  Milton should not be held against me, since I taught Shakespeare Tragedies, Comedies, or Histories every year I was at Ohio University, published occasional little things, contributed to several books on teaching Shakespeare, and I know David Bevington (we were at UVa together) well enough to smile knowingly at him about producing a single-editor edition of a major poet.  Nowadays I am a practicing church historian, a newspaper essayist, a photographer who has done one-man shows, and a screenplay writer with two completed scripts looking for a director.


Phyllis Gorfain

Retired Professor of English, Oberlin College. Selected Shakespeare publications include "Toward a Theory of Play and the Carnivalesque in Hamlet," "When Nothing Really Matters: Body Puns in Hamlet," and "Riddling as Ritual Remedy in "Measure for Measure." She is also a folklorist, and her interests in both folkloristics and in Shakespearean studies include interests in issues of texts and performance, play, ritual, riddles, and feminist theory and analysis.


Terence Hawkes (Deceased)

Emeritus Professor of English, University of Wales, Cardiff. Publications include Shakespeare and the Reason (1964); Shakespeare's Talking Animals (1973); That Shakespeherarean Rag (1986); Meaning by Shakespeare (1992); Shakespeare in the Present (2002); Edited with Hugh Grady, Presentist Shakespeares (2007).Editor, Alternative Shakespeares 2 (1996); General Editor, NEW ACCENTS series (Routledge); General Editor ACCENTS ON SHAKESPEARE series (Routledge)


Todd M. Lidh

Director of the First-Year Experience and Clinical Assistant Professor of English The Catholic University of America


Dale Lyles

Media specialist, and formerly artistic director of the Newnan Community Theatre Company (, where he directed Shakespeare's plays on a biannual basis. ; Currently involved with The Lacuna Group, a theatre collaborative, whose last production was a six-man Coriolanus.


Cary Mazer

Associate Professor of Theatre Art and English at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes about Shakespeare Performance History, historiography, criticism, performance pedagogy, and dramaturgy, most recently with an emphasis on rehearsal processes, and on the persistence of twentieth-century Stanislavskian "emotional realism" in contemporary performance practice. He has directed (student) productions of several plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, moonlighted for many years as a local theatre critic, and has worked as a guest dramaturg with several professional theatres in the Philadelphia area.


David Schalkwyk

David Schalkwyk is the Academic Director Global Shakespeare at The University of Warick and Queen Mary’s University.  Former Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly and Professor of English and Head of the English Department at the University of Cape Town. He has taught and publishes on Shakespeare, Wittgenstein, Literary Theory, and South African Prison Writing. His translation Karel Schoeman's novel, 'n Ander Land was published as Another Country by Sinclair Stephenson and Picador. Other publications are Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays (Cambridge UP, 2002) and Literature and The Touch of the Real (Delaware University Press).


Frank Whigham

Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin. Author of Ambition and Privilege: The Social Tropes of Elizabethan Courtesy Theory (California, 1984), Seizures of the Will in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge, 1996), and various essays on literature and culture in the period; co-editor (with Wayne Rebhorn) of a new edition of Puttenham's Art of English Poesy (Cornell). Founding co-director of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies.


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