• ENG 349
  • ENG 336
  • ENG 326
  • ENG 345 
  • ENG 235
  • ENG 545
  • ENG 547
  • ENG 549
  • ENG 635A
  • ENG 234
  • ENG 460
  • ENG 201 

Areas of Expertise

  • Ben Jonson; the Jacobean Masque; Shakespeare; Music in Drama; English Literature before 1800; Film studies; Historical Fiction; Vocal Performance

Degrees and Universities

  • UCLA, Ph.D., English; Dissertation: “Locating Jonson in Bartholomew Fair.” Director, Robert N. Watson
  • UCLA, M.A., English
  • Furman University, B.A., English/Drama, magna cum laude

Honors and Recognitions​

November 2011, School Library Association 2011 Children's Choice Award for The Life and Times of William Shakespeare. Co-author with Ari D. Berk, Templar Publishing.
Spring 2010, FRCE Premier Display Grant.  Paper presentation at Shakespeare Association of America Conference
Spring 2008, RCE Premier Display Grant.  Paper presentation at Renaissance Society of America Conference


Fall 2005: FRCE Sabbatical Research Grant, travel to England for research and theatrical reviews

  • Fall 2001: Alternative Assignment Award, CMU College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences: course release time for completing research and publication of Masques of Difference.
  • 2000: FRCE Research Grant, Summer travel to London for research on Masques of Difference
  • 2000: FRCE Premier Display Grant. To support participation in Shakespeare Association of America Seminar, “Shakespeare and Musical Theater,” Montreal, Quebec (see above).
  • 1991-2: James Phillips Memorial Fellowship, UCLA.


  • The Life and Times of William Shakespeare.  Co-author with Ari D. Berk, Templar Publishing, 2010.
  • Masques of Difference: Four Court Masques by Ben Jonson (edited texts). Student Revels Editions, gen. ed. David Bevington, Manchester University Press, 2007.
  • “Carnivale on Shakespeare’s Stage.” Mythic Passages (online journal,, February, 2007.
  • “The State He Should Envy” (short story) and “Hermione in Prison” (poem). Contexts: A Creative Journal. Toledo: Mercy College of Northwest Ohio (Fall 2006): 38-43.
  • “Jonson’s Gossips and the Stuart Family Drama,” Early Theatre 9.1 (2006): 61-83.
  • “Playing Fairy: Puck and Pan Onstage,” Realms of Fantasy (April 2006): 22-31. Reprinted, The Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts (online journal), ed. Terri Windling,
  • Theatrical review: “Sejanus and Sir Thomas More in the RSC 2005 Gunpowder Season,” Theatre Journal 58.1 (2006): 127-31.
  • “Angels and Ministers of Grace: Theatrical Superstitions,” Realms of Fantasy (April 2005): 14-21. Reprinted, The Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts (online journal), ed. Terri Windling, Winter 2005,
  • Book review: The Essex House Masque of 1621 (Timothy Raylor, Duquesne UP, 2002), Early Theatre 6.2 (2003): 128-133.
  • “Shakespeare and the English Holiday Calendar,” Realms of Fantasy (August 2003): 16-26. Reprinted, The Endicott Journal of Mythic Arts (online journal), ed. Terri Windling, Summer 2003,
  • “’To blanch an Ethiop’: Jonson’s Masque of Blackness and Multicultural Approaches to Early Modern Literature.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan 18.1 (2002): 18-24.
  • Theatrical review: “The Tempest at the New Globe, Summer 2000 Season,” Theatre Journal 52 (2000): 553-54.
  • “Staging the Classroom,” Shakespeare 2 (1998): 5-6.
  • “’He may be our father, perhaps’: Paternity, Puppets, Boys and Bartholomew Fair,” in Critical Essays on Ben Jonson, ed. Robert N. Watson (New York: G.K. Hall, 1997): 60-81.
  • “Versions of Femininity in Bartholomew Fair,” Renaissance Papers(1993): 91-115.

National Talks and Presentations: 

  • Shakespeare Workshop for The Help Group, Los Angeles, CA March 2013 
  • Podcast: "Exploring Beyond the Borders: Breaking the Conventions of Genre in Science Fiction,
  • Fantasy, and Horror," Interstitial Arts Foundation August 2012 
  • “‘I’ld cry, a rape!’: The Ingle as Critic, ” Shakespeare Association of America; Chicago, IL. April 2010
  • “Legitimizing Sodomy in Jonson’s Masque of Gypsies.” Criminality, Liminality, and Imprisonment in the Early Modern Era; Michigan State University, October 24 -25, 2008
  • "‘Milk and blood, dew and flood’: Female Sexuality, Food, and Folklore in Jonson” Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, April 2008.
  • Panel leader, “Transgression,” Mythic Journeys 2006, Atlanta, GA, June 2006.
  • Panel leader, “Second Skins: Costume and the Mythic Imagination,” Mythic Journeys 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  • Panel participant, “Stories for a Thousand Years,” Mythic Journeys 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Giving them the Willies: The Bard-Haunted Classroom,” MMLA, Chicago, November 2003.
  • “‘A spectacle of strangeness’: Folk Sources for Jonson's Masque of Queens” Renaissance Society of America, Toronto, Ont., March 2003
  • “Illyria: The Musical: Adapting Twelfth Night for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival,” Seminar Paper for “Shakespeare and Musical Theater,” Shakespeare Association of America; Montreal, Quebec, April 2000.
  • “Teaching The Masque of Blackness at Spelman College,” The Southern California Renaissance Conference Fall/Winter Symposium, U.C. Long Beach, February 1998.
  • “Teaching With Technology,” Workshop Participant, Shakespeare Association of America, Cleveland, OH, March 1998.
  • “Teaching Shakespeare to the Class of 2000,” Workshop Participant, Shakespeare Association of America, Washington, DC, March 1997.
  • “Being C.R.A.S.S. in the Classroom” (group presentation), NCTE International Conference on Teaching Shakespeare in Performance, Louisville, KY, March 1996.
  • “Investigating the Catch in Twelfth Night,” The Center for Renaissance and Shakespearean Staging, 1995 Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, Summer 1995.
  • “Versions of Femininity in Bartholomew Fair,” The Southeastern Renaissance Conference 50th Annual Meeting, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA, March 1993.
  • “‘Plesaunce Leefful:’ Holy Play and Christian Rhetoric in The Canterbury Tales,” Graduate Student Conference on the Middle Ages, sponsored by The Focused Research Project in Medieval Studies, University of California, Irvine, October 1988.

Professional Organizations 

  • Shakespeare Association of America

Areas of Research

  • Ben Jonson; the Jacobean Masque; Shakespeare; Music in Renaissance/Jacobean Drama; Images of the body in Renaissance literature; Theater history and Jacobean comedy; Theories of comedy in theatrical literature

Special Projects

  • Editor (with Ari Berk), Folkroots column, Realms of Fantasy Magazine 2008-2010
  • Secretary, Execuitve Board, Interstitial Arts Foundation 2006-2008

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