Andrew James Hartley

Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Editor of Shakespeare Bulletin, a journal of performance criticism and scholarship.
Resident Dramaturg for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Dissertation: “The Best Policy: Honesty and the Social Dynamics of Drama in the English Renaissance” Boston University 1996 
  • M.A. Boston University 1993
  • B.A. Hons. Manchester University (England) 1987

Publications (books): 

The Shakespearean Dramaturg: A Theoretical and Practical Guide for the Scholar in the Theatre, forthcoming in hard and paperback from Palgrave/Macmillan (November 2005).

The Mask of Atreus. A novel. Penguin/Berkley in the USA and from other publishers in thirteen languages worldwide (April 2006).

On the Fifth Day, A novel. Penguin/Berkley in the USA and other publishers worldwide (July 2007)

Publications (articles and chapters): 
“Prospera’s Brave New World: Cross Casting The Tempest.” Shakespeare Re-Dressed: cross-gender casting in contemporary performance ed. James Bulman, (Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2007).

“Take your cues from Shakespeare” (written with Mary Bly). The Writer Magazine. Nov, 2006.

“This Strange Eventful History,” in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England: An Annual Gathering of Research, Criticism and Reviews Spring. 2007.

A study of Shakespeare’s sonnet 144 (3,000 words) for Student Companion to Shakespeare (Greenwood Press, Ed. J. Rosenblum, 2005).

“Sots and Snots: Constructing a Script and the Specter of Authenticity,” Theatre Topics 2001 Sept; 11 (2): 173-86.

“Philip Massinger’s The Roman Actor and the Semiotics of Censored Theatre.” ELH 2001 Summer; 68 (2): 359-76.

“Social Consciousness: Spaces for Characters in The Spanish Tragedy.” Cahiers Elisabéthains: Late Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2000 Oct; 58: 1-14.

“Staging the Ghost” a tutorial for the MIT Shakespeare Project

“Strutting and Fretting: Staging Shakespeare’s ‘Famous Bits’” Kennesaw Review Spring 2000. (

“The Color of ‘Honesty’: Ethics and Courtly Pragmatism in Damon and Pithias.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England: An Annual Gathering of Research, Criticism and Reviews, 1999; 11: 88-113.

Work in Progress:

  • Julius Caesar in Performance (book for Manchester University Press)
  • Chapter on staging Renaissance subjectivity for a collection on performance under consideration by Palgrave (ed. Sarah Werner).
  • Chapter in Theatrical Persons: Shakespearean Character and Shakespeare’s Characters. Edited by Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights.