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Ph.D., English (Shakespeare in Performance), University of Iowa, 2000
M.A., English/Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Nebraska, 1991
B.A., English, Psychology, summa cum laude, Doane College, 1989


Kathryn M. Moncrief is Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Head of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. She was previously Professor and Chair of English at Washington College, in Chestertown, MD where she taught courses in Shakespeare, Milton, and early modern literature and culture and received the Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. She serves as co-editor of the Shakespeare Life and Times section of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and has published widely on Shakespeare and performance. She is co-editor of Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage and Classroom in Early Modern Drama (with Kathryn McPherson and Sarah Enloe); Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction and Performance; and Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (both with Kathryn McPherson). She is the author of articles published in book collections and journals, including Literary Cultures and the Child, Shaping Shakespeare for Performance, Metaliterary in Practice, Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, and Renaissance Quarterly.  


Scholarly Work

“Race, Religion, and Gender: Navigating Audience Responses at the Utah Shakespeare Festival 2018.” With Kathryn McPherson. Special issue of Shakespeare Bulletin (Shakespeare on the Contemporary Regional Stage).
“Remembering Ophelia: Theatrical Properties and the Performance of Memory in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” In Hamlet: The State of Play, edited by Lucy Munro and Sonia Massai. London: Arden Shakespeare.
Child Loss, Grief, and Recovery in Shakespeare’s Late Romances. In Literary Cultures and the Child, edited by Naomi J. Miller and Diane Purkiss. Palgrave
Acting: Lady Montague, Romeo and Juliet, Hanover Rep, Worcester MA; Lady Britomart Undershaft, Major Barbara, Washington College, Chestertown MD; Gwen Harper, Rapture, Blister, Burn, Nextstage Theatre Company/ Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, Ketchum, ID. 
Directing: Every Brilliant Thing, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
Professional Highlights & Honors
Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching – 2011