Dr Kevin A. Quarmby is Assistant Professor of English at Oxford College of Emory University, Georgia USA.

Quarmby is editing Henry VI Part 1 for Internet Shakespeare Editions, and is Editor of their Shakespeare theater review journal, the ISE Chronicle (ISEC). Prior to his academic career, Kevin Quarmby was a professional actor in the UK, appearing in numerous West End, National Theatre and Old Vic productions. On television, his many TV classics are regularly repeated on our screens.


Kevin Quarmby was awarded a PhD in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama by King's College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He won the coveted King's College 'Inglis Prize' and gained full Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for his studies. Within a year of commencing his PhD studies, he was teaching English Renaissance Literature at King's College. Since then, he has offered courses for the University of Notre Dame and St Lawrence University, NY. His other academic roles have included Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare's Globe, London. As Associate Tutor for the University of Sussex's English and Drama Department, he workshopped and directed a final year production of Ben Jonson's rarely-performed Masque of Queens. In the Fall of 2011, prior to accepting his position at Emory, Quarmby was Guest Lecturer at Homerton College, Cambridge, teaching Restoration and Long Eighteenth-Century Drama.

Away from the 'physical' classroom, "Dr Q" (as his students call him) is passionate about digital scholarship. His Shakespeare classes regularly invite outside participants to join his Oxford College students, while also interacting with academics and practitioners from around the world. Quarmby's collaborative work with Sheila Cavanagh, and her fascinating experiments with the World Shakespeare Project, introduced him to digital media as a classroom tool. Recognizing the significance of this work, and Quarmby's personal experience as a professional actor, Emory University's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence invited him to create and oversee faculty workshops in support of Emory's ongoing Coursera endeavors. These workshops train faculty to appreciate the performative impact of their online pedagogic technique. During his three-year tenure as Distinguished Visiting Scholar (2011- 2014), Quarmby also received tremendous support from the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning.


Kevin Quarmby has published extensively in academic journals, including Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, ROMARD and Cahiers Elizabethain. In 2011, his article, 'Narrative of Negativity: Whig Historiography and the Spectre of King James in Measure for Measure', appeared in Shakespeare Survey, Volume 64 (2011). Quarmby's first book, The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, was published by Ashgate in 2012, and shortlisted for the Shakespeare's Globe Book Award 2014. He is on the Editorial Board of The Map of Early Modern London. Quarmby is also editing William Davenant's Cruel Brother for Digital Renaissance Editions, and co-editing with Brett Hirsch the anonymous play, Fair Em. An established journalist and theatre reviewer, Quarmby also writes for online magazines in the USA and UK, and his reviews can be found at Big Q Reviews on Facebook.



The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries by Kevin A Quarmby