Andrew James Hartley is the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, specializing in performance theory, theatre history and dramaturgy. His academic books include The Shakespearean Dramaturg (Palgrave 2006), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in Performance series, Manchester UP 2013), Shakespeare and Political Theatre (Palgrave 2013), Shakespeare on the University Stage (Cambridge UP 2014), Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader (Arden, 2016), and Shakespeare and Millennial Fiction (Cambridge, 2017). He was the editor of the performance journal Shakespeare Bulletin (Johns Hopkins UP) from 2003-2013 and was an Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare where he was a resident dramaturg, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire (UK).
He teaches Renaissance theatre history and Shakespeare, blending literary and historical-critical practices with a material sense of contemporary theatre, and leads the department’s Shakespeare in England spring break course. He also works as a dramaturg and occasional director for campus productions of early modern drama.
As A.J. Hartley he is also the bestselling author of 23 mystery, thriller and fantasy novels for children and adults, including the Darwen Arkwright series for middle grades readers, the first of which won best young adult novel of 2012 from SIBA, Steeplejack (Tor Teen, 2016) and, with Tom DeLonge, Sekret Machines (To The Stars/Simon and Schuster, 2016). With David Hewson, he has written adaptations of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Hamlet, the latter of which won Audible’s Book of the Year for 2014.