Alycia Smith-Howard PhD is a Shakespeare scholar, theatre director, performance historian and columnist. She’s served as a Shakespeare specialist around the globe for a diverse range of plays, films, competitions, radio & television programmes, including 'Antiques Roadshow' (she holds the rare distinction of being Fiona Bruce's "Shakespeare-Scholar-On-Call")
"Dr Smith Howard’s lecture on Twelfth Night was brilliant! Our Sixth Form students found the lecture engaging and informative."
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Alycia Smith-Howard earned her PhD and MA from The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. She’s the author of three successful works of non-fiction including 'Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place' (Ashgate, 2007) and the deliciously titled, 'The Food of Love: The Taste of Shakespeare in Four Seasons' (Graficas, 2013). Dr. Smith-Howard’s book, 'Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place' is a landmark treatise on the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2007, it was shortlisted for the “Theatre Book Prize” by the Society of Theatre Research (London, UK) and selected for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Essential Shakespeare Reading List”. Her Shakespeare cookbook, 'The Food of Love', co-authored with award-winning chef, Alan Deegan, is a modern take on delicacies of Shakespeare for the contemporary kitchen.
Dr. Smith-Howard has lectured for such organisations as The British Council, The National Trust, BADA (British American Drama Academy), Open University Shakespeare Society, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Royal Shakespeare Company, HF Holidays, Women’s Institutes, CAPA International Education, amongst others. Her previous academic appointments include faculty positions in Shakespeare studies at New York University and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Alycia publishes regularly in print and online. She is a regular contributor to such magazines as 'Warwickshire Life' that feature her popular and amusing monthly column, 'Notes from a Shakespeare Diva'. She has worked on the biography of international renowned Voice Director, Cicely Berry, OBE, and a book about Shakespeare’s cultural legacy in America.
"Lively, outgoing and engaging. Alycia is one of our top Leisure Activities Leaders, with a 100% satisfaction rating! 10:10."
"An excellent and engaging speaker!"
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"Guests at our monthly Ladies Lunch thoroughly enjoyed Alycia’s talk and presentation. Alycia is very lively and entertaining! She develops a real affinity with groups. Her talks are very informative and interesting looking at how Shakespeare has influenced our lives and his continuing place in modern culture. She used a variety of images and video footage that added variety to her presentation. We will certainly have Alycia for future speaking engagements."
"Thoroughly delightful speaker. We will definitely have her back for more!"
"Wonderful presentation. Alycia provided a thought provoking and engaging dialogue about Shakespeare’s legacy."