News from Cardiff: Darren Freebury-Jones

h23rkmat_400x400 DarrenDarren Freebury-Jones, who has helped to co-ordinate the Cardiff Shakespeare website for several years, will be Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies (International – USA) at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust from next month onwards. He will be helping to build and develop relationships with schools, universities, and organisations in the USA through regular teaching tours; working on the Trust’s online educational resources; as well as lecturing at the Shakespeare Centre. He is incredibly excited to move to Stratford-upon-Avon and begin this role.

He completed his PhD at Cardiff University. His 2016 doctoral thesis, ‘Kyd and Shakespeare: Authorship, Influence, and Collaboration’, examined Thomas Kyd’s canon as well as the dramatist’s relationship with Shakespeare’s early work. Over the last two years he has been employed as Senior Commissioning Editor for an e-learning company in partnership with University of South Wales, while continuing to provide reviews of local theatre productions for Cardiff Shakespeare; acting in film and theatre himself; self-publishing his creative writing; tutoring students in English Literature and Language; and working on multiple projects concerning early modern drama. For instance, he recently investigated the boundaries of John Marston’s dramatic corpus as part of the Oxford Marston project. He is also examining John Fletcher’s canon for a collection of essays, with the aim of providing the most comprehensive analysis of that corpus since Cyrus Hoy’s.

His recent and forthcoming work on the plays of authors such as Kyd, Shakespeare, John Lyly, George Peele, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Nashe, Marston, Lording Barry, Thomas Dekker, and others can be found in such journals as Journal of Early Modern Studies, Archiv fuer das Studium der Neueren Sprachen und Literaturen, Authorship, Renaissance and Reformation, N&Q, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, ANQ, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and Studia Metrica et Poetica. His available work can be found at: https://darrenfj.wordpress.com/2017/11/

Darren has been a real creative force to be reckoned with in Cardiff. His energy and enthusiasm for Shakespeare and theatre is contagious. He has been an excellent colleague and a great supporter of Cardiff Shakespeare, and we wish him all the very best for his new post at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.


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