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Dr. Miranda Fay Thomas
Assistant Professor, Drama

Biography

I joined Trinity in 2019, having previously taught at UCD, Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Greenwich, King's College London, Shakespeare's Globe, and Oxford University. In 2017 I was a post-doctoral fellow at Shakespeare's Globe on the Read Not Dead rehearsed readings project. At Trinity I teach on a range of modules, from first-year survey courses to sophister special topics, and offer doctoral supervision. You can find me on Twitter @DrMirandaFay

I am the Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School of Creative Arts, Visiting Student Co-ordinator for the Department of Drama, a College Tutor, Athena Swan co-champion, and the School Champion for the Trinity Inclusive Curriculum Project. I am also the co-director of the MPhil in Theatre and Performance, and have previously co-chaired the Trinity Staff LGBTQ Network. My responsibilities outside Trinity include being a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association and being a peer reviewer for a number of leading journals and publishers. From time to time I write reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and contribute to podcasts such as That Shakespeare Life. I have also contributed programme notes for productions at Shakespeare's Globe, and written numerous pieces for the Globe magazine. I am also on the Advisory Board for Hedgepig Theatre's 'Expand The Canon' project.

My research is on early modern drama, specialising in theatre history and dramatic afterlives, with particular interests in gender, embodiment, and accessibility. Work of mine has been published in Early Modern Literary Studies, The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens, How and Why We Teach Shakespeare, Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations, and The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Migration. My first monograph, published in 2020 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.

I edited The Tempest for Arden Performance Editions (2021), and am a Contributing Editor to the New Oxford Shakespeare (my critical edition of the anonymous The Taming of A Shrew will appear in the New Oxford Shakespeare: Complete Alternative Versions). From 2022 - 2024 I am writing the annual review of books on Shakespeare in performance for Shakespeare Survey.

Current research includes projects on the politics of casting practices in Shakespearean productions; a history of Shakespeare's Globe under the artistic directorships of Emma Rice and Michelle Terry; two co-edited collections (The Idea of the Shakespearean Actor, with Sally Barnden and Emer McHugh; and Early Modern Transgender Plays: A Critical Reader, with Aidan Norrie); and a short book about Caliban in twenty-first century performance.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Miranda Fay Thomas, Time and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage, by Sarah Lewis, Review of Time and Gender on the Shakespearean Stage, by Sarah Lewis, by Sarah Lewis , Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2022 Review, 2022

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, 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, The Tempest, Arden Bloomsbury, 2021 Book, 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

'"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

Miranda Fay Thomas, Shakespeare's Body Language: Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage, London, Arden Bloomsbury, 2019 Book, 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 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, Review: Shakespeare's Storms, by Gwilym Jones (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014), Symbolism, 17, 2017, p281-285 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, '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

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

Research Expertise

Description

I am an early modernist specialising in theatre history and dramatic afterlives, with particular interests in gender, embodiment, and accessibility. Work of mine has been published in Early Modern Literary Studies, The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens, How and Why We Teach Shakespeare, Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations, and The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Migration. My first monograph, published in 2020 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. I edited The Tempest for Arden Performance Editions (2021), and am a Contributing Editor to the New Oxford Shakespeare. From 2022 - 2024 I am writing the annual review of books on Shakespeare in performance for Shakespeare Survey. I am particularly interested in the politics of casting practices in Shakespearean productions, the complexities of the `Original Practices" movement in modern revivals of Renaissance plays, and the issues of Shakespeare"s cultural capital. My current projects include an edited collection entitled The Idea of The Shakespearean Actor (proposed to Arden Bloomsbury), a modern spelling edition of a quarto published play for the New Oxford Shakespeare (OUP), and a special journal issue on 400 years of the Shakespeare First Folio, for Shakespeare journal (Routledge).

Keywords

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

Recognition

Representations

External Examiner, University of Huddersfield 2022

Peer Reviewer, Arden Bloomsbury 2020

Peer reviewer, Shakespeare journal

Peer reviewer, Peter Lang publishing

Peer reviewer, Arden Bloomsbury 2020

Memberships

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

British Shakespeare Association (Trustee)

Shakespeare Association of America (member)

European Shakespeare Research Association (member)

Société Française Shakespeare (member)

Society for Renaissance Studies (member)

Renaissance Society of America (member)