Personal profile


Callan Davies works across early modern literary, cultural, and theatre history.  He’s part of the Box Office Bears project (researching animal sports in early modern England), as well as the Middling Culture ( team examining early modern status, creativity, writing, and material culture, and the Before Shakespeare team examining early London playhouses ( He is the Editor of the Curtain playhouse records for Records of Early English Drama’s REED Online and a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe.  

His new book, What is a Playhouse? England at Play, 1520-1620 (Routledge 2022), is an accessible account of the playhouse and different forms of play across early modern England.  His first monograph, Strangeness in Jacobean Drama (Routledge 2020), explored the meanings of "strange" in early modern culture across speech, technology, and philosophy.  His article on bowling alleys and playhouses in sixteenth century London for Early Theatre won the MRDS Barbara Palmer Award 2020, and he has pieces forthcoming on middling community and Bristol’s Wine Street playhouse for English Historical Review; prose and playing for The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Nashe; on the early years of the St Paul’s Playhouse for a collection on Old St Paul’s and Culture (Palgrave, 2021); and he is co-editing a collection on early modern ephemera with Hannah Lilley and Catherine Richardson.


University of Exeter, January-April 2016, Lecturer in Renaissance Studies (E&S). Rethinking Shakespeare (Year 1), The Poem (Year 1), Dissertation Workshops (Year 3).

Bath Spa University, September 2015-April 2016, Part Time Lecturer. Writing, Gender, and Politics, 1500-1750 (Year 1, EN4002); Critical Reading 2 (Year 2; EN5001).

University of Exeter, Teaching Assistant, January 2013-January 2016. Approaches to Criticism (Year 1 [literary theory course]; EAS1032); Desire and Power: English Lit. 1570-1640 (Year 2; EAS2026); Renaissance and Revolution (Year 2; EAS2080); Rare Books Workshop.

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Certificate in Advanced Study: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (9 Nov. 2015)


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