I'm Cassidy Cash.
Shakespeare historian, artist, filmmaker, and host of That Shakespeare Life.
Primarily, I am an artist. I express myself, thoughts, and the past through creative mediums whether that's art, film, or podcasts! I'm classically trained as an artist, but mostly I just love pictures & stories. I think they help make otherwise hard concepts much easier to access and enjoy.
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.
I also host weekly history episodes exploring random facts about life in Elizabethan England over on YouTube.
On our website you will find a wealth of history information along with printable guides and resources you can use to learn something new about Shakespeare or bring Shakespeare to your classroom. We have a membership community here at That Shakespeare Life specifically aimed at educators where we offer an entire 35 week syllabus on Shakespeare History and Renaissance Literature. Inside the membership, you explore Shakespeare history like you would learn science– the hands on way! Complete with weekly labs where you get to cook, play, and create your way through the life of William Shakespeare (all with full support directly from me so if you have questions, you can always ask!) It's the best little Shakespeare club ever! You can check out the membership here.
The membership area is also where you'll find video versions of our podcast, along with exclusive access to content like virtual tours of Shakespeare places, and bonus interviews.
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.
If you like video history content you can find bonus history episodes, along with animated plays, documentaries, archaeological dig site footage, and more available insidethe video streaming library that's included with membership.
I live just outside Birmingham, AL with my husband, Tim, our two boys, and way more pets than what's reasonable.
Have a media question or artwork project idea?
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:
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
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)
Kind words from fellow Shakespeareans:
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!
One of the most impressive things about Cassidy's work is that she preserves the sense of context that is usually missing when one looks at Shakespearian England and its place in history. Her work has given a broader context to our own presentation of the pilgrims, and why they came to America in the first place. Cassidy's podcasts help us understand Shakespeare better by understanding his world better. But the reverse is also true. By understanding his world, we understand world history - and it's players - better, too