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Undergraduate Summer School


The Summer School is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute and the Royal Shakespeare Company, co-directed by Dr Daisy Murray (RSC) and Dr Simon Smith (SI).


Sally Delbeke, Programme Manager, The Other Place

Sally Delbeke

Sally is an experienced project manager who works on the University’s behalf to develop and programme the activity at the heart of the collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute

Michael Dobson

Michael is the Director of the University of Birmingham's Shakespeare Institute.

In addition to overseeing the work of the Institute, including its international collaborations with organisations in Europe, North America, China and Japan, Michael teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate Shakespeare modules, as well as supervising a wide range of PhD students.


Professor Andrzej Gasiorek, Head of School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Photograph of Professor Andrzej GasiorekAndrzej is Head of the School of English, Drama and American and Creative Studies at the University of Birmingham, and the University's programme lead for the collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Andrzej ensures that the opportunities provided by the collaboration benefit a broad range of students and staff, and identifies opportunities for development. His research concentrates mainly on twentieth-century British literature, with a particular focus on modernism.

Jacqui O'Hanlon, Director of Education, RSC

Photo of Jacqui O'Hanlon

Jacqui has been Director of Education since 2008, and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the RSC's Education work

Jacqui has launched a number of projects and initiatives, including: Stand Up for Shakespeare, a manifesto for Shakespeare in schools; the Learning and Performance Network; the Schools’ Broadcast series; and a new national partnership programme, Associate Schools. 

Dr Daisy Murray, Higher Education Programme Developer, RSC

Daisy Murray

Daisy is Higher Education Programme Developer for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is also the RSC Director of the Undergraduate Summer School. She manages the collaboration between the RSC and the University of Birmingham and is the in-house academic for RSC Education.

Daisy completed her PhD at the Shakespeare Institute in 2013 and is the author of Twins in Early Modern English Drama and Shakespeare.

Dr Simon Smith, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Dr Simon Smith

Simon is a lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, and is also the Shakespeare Institute Director of the Undergraduate Summer School.

Simon lectures at both The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford and the Department of English Literature in Edgbaston, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate modules. His most recent book, Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625 (CUP, 2017), won the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award. 

Professor Tiffany Stern, Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Professor Tiffany Stern of the Shakespeare Institute

Tiffany is Professor at the Shakespeare Institute, and an internationally-renowned scholar of Shakespeare and early modern drama. She regularly speaks about her work all over the world, and teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the Shakespeare Institute.

Tiffany is a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series, and of the New Mermaid series of non-Shakespearean plays. Her books include Documents of Performance in Early Modern England, Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan, and (with Simon Palfrey) Shakespeare in Parts


Dr Erin Sullivan, Senior Lecturer and Fellow, Shakespeare Institute

Erin Sullivan

Erin is Senior Lecturer and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute. Educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA), she came to the UK to study for an MA at the Shakespeare Institute, staying to complete a PhD at University College London before returning to Stratford to take up her current post in 2010.

Erin is a cultural historian and literary scholar, whose work covers both the history of the emotions, particularly sadness, and the performance of Shakespeare today. Her most recent book is Beyond Melancholy: Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England

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