I'm Cassidy Cash.
I am an artist. I believe that in order to take Shakespeare’s plays from page to performance understanding the history of the man who wrote them is essential. My work is designed to help both established and would-be Shakespeareans explore the fun, and often surprising, parts of this history, so they can learn something new about the bard.
As I study Shakespeare's history, I pour my research into artwork, history consulting, courses, and hosting That Shakespeare Life podcast where we interview the history experts who know Shakespeare best.
Each week the video version of our podcast is streamed to YouTube, and includes a downloadable history guide for each topic we cover on the show. Complete Lesson Packs featuring these history guides PLUS printable worksheets and activites are available for purchase individually inside our shop, or you can become a member of That Shakespeare Life to get unlimited access to all of our lesson plans and digital history activity kits.
My animated and documentary films about Shakespeare are now available on Amazon Prime (free if you're a Prime member. Use this link to get a free 30 Day Trial), just search Cassidy Cash Shakespeare to find those, or use this link to go directly to my first animated short film. All of the video versions of our podcasts, along with animated plays, documentaries, archaeological dig site footage, and virtual tours are available inside the digital streaming app for That Shakespeare Life.
I live just outside Birmingham, AL with my husband, Tim, our two boys, and way more pets than what's reasonable.
For podcast interviews, film collaborations, commissioned artwork quotes, guest articles, conferences, workshops, and other project ideas please contact me directly using cassidy at cassidycash dot com
Publications and Accomplisments:
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
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)
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R&J in three minutes delivers precisely on its title, and in so doing has dash, and wit, and (as you might expect), economy.
Technically, its impressive, as is its lightness of tone. It really highlights both the simplicity of Shakespeare's storytelling at the core, and the enormous leap he makes from the bare bones of the plot highlighted here, to the sublime treatment he applies to the final work.
This film made me smile, and made me lean in to see what happens next, and it made me admire its magic and wizardry. Cassidy Cash has made a memorable and original film.
I have been listening to your podcast and will in all future Shakespeare courses assign some of the episodes. Just so smart and fun and useful.
Cassidy Cash, in her podcast That Shakespeare Life, explores the world of Shakespeare, talking to academics about everything from the actor Richard Burbage, to the food Shakespeare would have eaten. Learning more about Shakespeare’s world will help you make more sense of his work!