About Cassidy Cash
Shakespeare historian, artist, filmmaker, and host of That Shakespeare Life.
Cassidy holds a BA in English, and an Masters of Engineering in Information Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Cassidy is a member of the National Council on Public History, The American Historical Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Shakespeare Association of America. Cassidy was recently named an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London for her contributions to history.
Cassidy focuses on bringing the fun back into the study of Shakespeare's history. Her work explores the real life details of what it was like to live in the 16-17th century. Cassidy has a talent for interviewing historians, with a gift for getting people to tell their stories. Her show, That Shakespeare Life, was ranked #2 Shakespeare history podcast in the world by Welp Magazine. Her research into history has been published on Historians Magazine, History Hit, History Magazine, and others.
Cassidy's documentary films and 3-minute animate plays based on Shakespeare's works have won international film awards, including Best Animated Adaptation of Shakespeare play at the Shakespeare Shorts Film competition in Stratford Upon Avon in 2018. Her documentary short, The Art of the Sword won Official Selection at the All Around Film Festival in 2020.
Cassidy regularly presents at history and Shakespeare conferences to share her research into 16th century card games, particularly the games Noddy and Maw. Her work was published on the Lost Plays Database as part of their work into the history of lost plays.
Passionate about helping history enthusiasts live their own Shakespeare life, Cassidy creates digital history activity kits for her Experience Shakespeare membership platform, where subscribers can learn games, recipes, and crafts from the life of William Shakespeare. The monthly kits are all designed to work like science labs for Shakespeare history.
Cassidy currently works as a historical map illustrator and 16-17th century history consultant for documentaries and tv, having recently consulted on The Importance of Pawns by Keira Morgan, and is currently working with The 1620 Experience on their forthcoming documentary film about the life of William Bradford. Cassidy is available for custom illustration commissions and historical consulting work. Contact Cassidy for more details.
You can also email Cassidy directly using cassidy at cassidycash dot com or Find her on Twitter.
Here are a few of my recent illustration projects.
Illustrated maps make excellent gifts and souvenirs for history travel tours. I have worked with multiple tour guides who have me illustrate the itinerary for the tour that doubles as a gift and a practical reference guide for the tour.
When a play, like Romeo and Juliet (shown above), visits several locations around Italy, an illustrated settings map can help someone new to the play visualize all the locations talked about in the dialogue of the production.
Location Highlight Maps
When you have a particular place , building, or city that you love or want to highlight (like Holy Trinity Church or Stratford Upon Avon), an illustrated map is a great way to visualize the best parts of a place and show off the important bits.
Publications and Accomplisments:
April 2022 – Guest on Royals, Rebels, and Romantics with Carol Ann LLoyd to explore the fun side of Shakespeare histroy
April 2022- Presenter at Shakespeare Association of America Virtual Pre-Workship on the Game of Noddy
April 2022- Guest on Review It Yourself podcast talking about “How to Behave Badly in Britain” a WW2 informative short for US military personelle in the states during the Second World War.
March 2022- Elected Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society for contributions to history
January 2022 - Guest on History Rage Podcast talking about the Shakespeare Authorship Question
November 2021- That Shakespeare Life Ranked #2 across all podcast platforms for Shakespeare History
October 2021- That Shakespeare Life Ranked #4 for History on Apple Podcasts in Jordan
October 13, 2021- Guest on British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics with Carol Ann Lloyd "Ep 77, Double, Double, Witches, and Trouble with Cassidy Cash"
August 2021 - Romeo and Juliet in 3 Minutes featured at Sidewalk Film Festival Birmingham, AL
June 29, 2021 Listed #2 on Best Shakespeare Podcasts of 2021 by Welp Magazine
June 2021, Featured in article for Alabaster Newsletter, "Turning a Passion for Shakespeare Into a Successful Podcast" July/August 2021 Issue of The Original Alabaster Newsletter
June 2021 Listed in Super Summary's Shakespeare Resources as valuable Shakespeare Research.
April 2021, Guest on You Don't Know Lit podcast to talk about Shakespear, history, and the bear in a Winter's Tale
April 2021 Contributor to Lost Plays Database on the Game of Maw and Noddy (early modern card games from Shakespeare's plays)
April 2021 Cited in Roslyn Knutson's work on Early Modern Card Games presented at the Shakespeare Association of America conference.
January 26, 2021 Ranked That Shakespeare Life in the Top 5 Shakespeare Podcasts by Evan Fritsch for his website, Rewire the West. View that article here.
January 2021 Guest on Tudors Dynasty for their Ask the Expert series. The listeners submitted a series of questions about William Shakespeare and I tried my best to answer them! Listen to that episode here.
January 2021 Opening notes for the Winter issue of History Magazine on "William Shakespeare Sporting Sporting Stylish Facial Hair" See that issue here.
August 8, 2020 The Art of the Sword was an Official Selection for the ARFF Globe Award at the All Around Film Festival in Paris, France.
November 5, 2020. Interview with New York Shakespeare on the History of Macbeth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEDZbe4IFQ8
November 2020. The Art of the Sword documentary short film was longlisted at the Shakespeare Film Festival in Stratford Upon Avon, England.
June 2019. Review of Producing Early Modern London: A Comedy of Urban Space, 1598-1616 / Kelly Stage for Early Modern Culture. Clemson University Press. ISBN: 1496201817. Editor: Niahm O'Leary.
September 2019. Cash, Cassidy. That Shakespeare Life: How One Determined History Podcast Began. The Use of English. The English Association Journal for Teachers or English. University of Liecester. Malcolm Hebron, Editor.
October 2, 2019, A Bola Football in Shakespeare (In Portuguese). Lisbon, Portugal. Physical Newspaper article.
Tudor Society Speaker, "The Life of William Shakespeare", Documentary Short Presentation, Tudor Society online virtual summit hosted by Claire Ridgeway
TudorCon Presenter, "The Game of Noddy and How History Informs Shakespeare's Plays" World's First TudorCon Event hosted by Heather Teysko of Renaissance English History Podcast in Manheim, PA
Blackfriars Conference 2019, "How to Play the Game of Noddy and How History is Essential to the Study of Shakespeare" American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA
Best Shakespeare Themed Animation. Shakespeare Film Festival. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Award selected by Kenneth Branagh. September 2018
How England's Greatest Playwright Narrowly Escaped Treason, History Hit, Dec 14, 2018
The Night William Shakespeare Narrowly Escaped Being Tried for Treason, The Freelance History Writer, Dec 7 2018
Speaker/Presenter at Tudor Summit 2018 | "What it was like to attend a Shakespeare play at The Globe Theater in 1600"
Renaissance England History Podcast | 10 Foods From Shakespeare's Plays That Shakespeare (Probably) Ate Himself (guest article)
6 Ways Shakespeare Impacted The History of the Last Medieval Queen (guest article)
Folios, Quartos, and the Experiment of Printing Shakespeare (guest article)
Queen Elizabeth was NOT a Patron of Shakespeare (guest article)
What Grammar School Taught Shakespeare About Being a Theater Icon (guest article)
Interview with ShakenBake Cast (podcast)
10 Facts About The Weapons Used At The Battle of Bosworth (guest article)