About Nicola

I grew up in Metro-Boston and lived all around New England (mostly in the Portsmouth, NH area). Currently, I live and work in Metro-Detroit.

For the past fifteen years, I have been a student and teacher of early modern English literature. I have received degrees from Clark University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts. I earned by Ph.D. in English Literature, specializing in early modern English drama, in 2010.

I have also worked professionally in the theatre– acting and directing in both Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Michigan. Currently, I teach Shakespeare and early English literature.

Previously, most of my writing has centered around academic non-fiction. My research and publications center on the stage life of corpses– that is when living actors portray dead characters on stage. This macabre line of research has inspired a good deal of my teaching, as I often teach courses on death, mourning, and disease in the early modern era. However, now I am dedicating my writing time to fiction and to applying my expertise and knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays and worlds to creating “Shakespearean Fictions.”

As a teacher, I am often thanked for my ability to make Shakespeare accessible. Part of that comes not only from my reading and training, but from my background in theatre. As a director, you need to imagine the world of a play as big questions in order to figure out the answers for a performance. As an actor, you need to explore the interior world of a character and discover the history of relationships between characters.

At the heart of it all, Shakespeare writes for us some psychologically rich characters. Writing Shakespearean Fictions helps me to understand Shakespeare’s characters more deeply– as humans– which I think helps all of us to understand ourselves.

I love exploring these characters beyond their circumscribed world of Shakespeare’s plays, and giving them lives before and beyond them.

If you’d like to see my academic bio, check out my CV.