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Dr. Miranda Fay Thomas
Assistant Professor, Drama


Dr Miranda Fay Thomas joined the Department of Drama in 2019, having previously taught at UCD, Central School of Speech and Drama, and the University of Greenwich. They completed their BA and MA at the University of York, and then received their PhD in 2016 from King's College London and Shakespeare's Globe. From 2017-18, they were postdoctoral research fellow at Shakespeare's Globe on the 'Read Not Dead' rehearsed readings project. Their writing on theatre and culture has appeared in the TLS, the Irish Times, and The Independent.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

The Stranger's Case: Exile in (and out of) Shakespeare in, editor(s)Yana Meerzon and S. E. Wilmer , The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Migraation, Palgrave, 2022, [Miranda Fay Thomas] Book Chapter, 2022

Miranda Fay Thomas, The Tempest, Arden Bloomsbury, 2021 Book, 2021

Miranda Fay Thomas, Re-defining the Shakespearean Actor: Casting and Diversity at Shakespeare's Globe under Emma Rice and Michelle Terry, Société Français Shakespeare, 39, 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Miranda Fay Thomas, Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error, by Alice Leonard, Review of Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error, by Alice Leonard, by Alice Leonard , Shakespeare Quarterly, 2021 Review, 2021

'Covering the main points': Playing with The Tempest in Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed' in, editor(s)Aidan Norrie and Marina Gerzic , Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations, Routledge, 2020, pp39 - 55, [Miranda Fay Thomas] Book Chapter, 2020

Miranda Fay Thomas, Shakespeare's Body Language: Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage, London, Arden Bloomsbury, 2019 Book, 2019

'"And so everyone according to his cue": Practice-led Teaching and Cue Scripts in the Classroom' in, editor(s)Sidney R. Homan , How and Why We Teach Shakespeare , Routledge, 2019, pp128 - 137, [Miranda Fay Thomas] Book Chapter, 2019

'"Tremble at patience": Constant Queens and Female Solidarity in The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Winter's Tale' in, editor(s)Kavita Mudan Finn and Valerie Schutte , The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens , Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp87 - 103, [Miranda Fay Thomas] Book Chapter, 2018

Miranda Fay Thomas, Review: Shakespeare's Storms, by Gwilym Jones (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014), Symbolism, 17, 2017, p281-285 Review, 2017

Miranda Fay Thomas, Review: Shakespeare and Gesture in Practice, by Darren Tunstall (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Shakespeare Bulletin, (35.4), 2017, p731-735 Review, 2017

Miranda Fay Thomas, Review: The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage: Gesture, Touch, and the Spectacle of Dismemberment, by Farah Karim-Cooper (Bloomsbury: Arden Shakespeare, 2016), Early Theatre, 20.1, 2017, p185-188 Review, 2017

Miranda Fay Thomas, Political acts and political acting: Roman gesture and Julius Caesar, Early Modern Literary Studies, Special Issue 25, 2016, p1 - 24 Journal Article, 2016

Miranda Fay Thomas, Review: Dido, Queen of Carthage (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, London), Shakespeare Bulletin, 33.3, 2015, p531-534 Review, 2015

Miranda Fay Thomas, 'The "fear of being found out": crises of confidence among first year undergraduates and first time teachers.' , HERN-J: The Higher Education Research Network Journal, 10, 2015, p72 - 81 Journal Article, 2015

Research Expertise


Dr Thomas is an early modernist specialising in theatre history and dramatic afterlives, with research interests in gender, embodiment, and accessibility. They have previously published articles and book chapters in Early Modern Literary Studies, The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens, How and Why We Teach Shakespeare, and Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations. Their first monograph, published in 2019 with Arden Bloomsbury, is entitled Shakespeare's Body Language: Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage. This book explores gestures such as spitting, thumb-biting, hand-washing, and stillness as a way of interrogating gender norms in the age of Shakespeare, and considers non-verbal communication both as reactionary outbursts of conservatism as well as acts of resistance. They are the editor of The Tempest for Arden Performance Editions (forthcoming 2021), and a Contributing Editor to the New Oxford Shakespeare (their critical edition of the anonymous The Taming of A Shrew will appear in the New Oxford Shakespeare: Complete Alternative Versions). Current research includes a co-edited collection on 'The Idea of the Shakespearean Actor' and a short book about Caliban in twenty-first century performance.


ACCESSIBILITY; Adaptations and afterlives; Early Modern Drama; Embodiment; Gender; PERFORMANCE; Shakespeare; Theatre History



Peer Reviewer, Arden Bloomsbury 2020

Peer reviewer, Shakespeare journal

Peer reviewer, Peter Lang publishing


Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

British Shakespeare Association (member)

Shakespeare Association of America (member)

European Shakespeare Research Association (member)

Société Française Shakespeare (member)

Society for Renaissance Studies (member)

Renaissance Society of America (member)