Shakespeare Electronic Conference
Member Biographies - Volume 116

*Crouch, Andy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Andy Crouch is an improviser, director and writer living in Austin,
Texas.  He manages a theater, produces and plays in improvised theater
and has directed Twelfth Night, Two Gents (as a cue-script process) and
A Midsummer Night's Dream (in a gender photo negative production).  He
graduated with degrees in Plan II and Philosophy from the University of
Texas at Austin in 2002.  During the summers of 2002 and 2003, he
participated in Shakespeare at Winedale through the UT English
Department, playing various roles in Twelfth Night, A Winter's Tale,
Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and
Julius Caesar.  He'll probably end up in grad school eventually, but
where and for what is still up for grabs.

*DiCesare, Mario <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

-- advanced degrees from Columbia University in English and Comparative
Literature(1954 MA, 1960 PhD), after undergraduate work in Classics.
-- published widely (perhaps too widely) on Vergil, Vida, epic poetry,
Milton, George Herbert, and other subjects, mainly in Renaissance
-- taught at Harpur College (aka SUNY Binghamton) 1959-1996, with brief
stints at Brooklyn College, Rutgers, New York U., U. of Pittsburgh, and
-- founded and directed Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (MRTS) &
Pegasus Paperbooks (1978-1998, 2002-2004).
-- since 1998, teaching (mainly Shakespeare) in the College for Seniors,
University of North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement at UNC
Asheville (a lifelong learning organization with anywhere up to 800
retired people in a given term).
-- current critical projects:
     essays on liturgy and poetry;
     book, The Epic Vision;
     essay, Gaiety transforming all that dread: Reflections on
Shakespeare's Fools and Folly;
     essay, Shakespeare and Synergy: Seeing, Saying, Studying Shakespeare.

*Collins, Ian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

My name is Ian Wilson Collins. I am senior high school English teacher
in Cambridge, Nova Scotia. I have been teaching English at the Grade 11
and Grade 12 level for the past seventeen years. I am a graduate of
Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with a B.A. (English), B.Ed
(Secondary), and a M.A. (English).

I have always enjoyed Shakespeare as a reader and viewer especially in
high school. However, undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare
gave me a glimpse of the vastness and the depth of the works that
continue to fascinate me as a reader and teacher of literature.

I am interested in the plays in general; as a teacher I have taught
Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear,
Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, The Tempest, and Much
Ado About Nothing.

While I am not doing any formal research, I am particularly interested
in the documentary evidence with regard to Shakespeare. After reading
Schoenbaum and others on this topic, I am simultaneously annoyed and
amused at the perpetuation of the myth that we know very little about
Shakespeare. I do my best to disabuse my students of this notion. I am
also very interested in fictional representations of Shakespeare
(Anthony Burgess, Robert Nye, and Timothy Findlay to name but a few),
and I anticipate doing something more formal with this in the future.
Anything to do with the profession of the dramatist in the Elizabeth and
Jacobean period is of interest. (Any discussion of Marlowe, Jonson, and
Fletcher's collaboration with Shakespeare will always pique my
interest.) Finally as teacher of Shakespeare to students between the
ages of 16 and 18, I am always on the lookout for references to and
adaptations of Shakespeare in popular culture. To this end, I find the
frequent postings on this subject quite useful.

*Pyle, Laura <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I'm about to receive my MFA in acting from Mary Baldwin College's
program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and am
planning to go on for an English PhD in Shakespeare, specifically in
language and different rhetorics in the plays.  I am also interested in
Elizabethan swordfighting (my MFA thesis), original staging, publishing
and gender and class issues.


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