I am an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Department of English Studies of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I also currently serve on the board of directors of the Madrid Institute for Advanced Study (MIAS). My research focuses on the study of early modern drama, and more specifically on the comparison between the dramatic literature and theatrical cultures of Shakespearean England and Golden Age Spain.

I hold a joint Ph.D. in Early Modern European Literature and History from the University of Kent and the Freie Universität Berlin supported through an Erasmus Mundus grant of the Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) Programme. I have also worked as a DRS HONORS post-graduate researcher and lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the Institut für Englische Philologie of the Freie Universität Berlin.

I am currently preparing a monograph titled Playgrounds: Urban Theatrical Culture in Shakespeare’s England and Golden Age Spain, which compares the dramatic cultures of early modern England and Spain in terms of infrastructures, physical arrangements, and production techniques, and explores the causes and consequences not just of the visible differences, but also of the remarkable similarities between the two theatre systems.


2007-2011: B.A. in English Philology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2012-2013: M.A. in Early Modern English Literature, King’s College London
2013-2016: Ph.D in Text and Event in Early Modern Europe, Freie Universität Berlin and University of Kent

Other Publications


§  “Playing Gender: Toward a Quantitative Comparison of Female Roles in Lope de Vega and Shakespeare”, Bulletin of the Comediantes 71.1-2 (2019), pp. 119-134

§  “‘A Broken Voice’: Iconic Distress in Shakespeare’s Tragedies”, Anglia. Journal of English Philology / Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 137.1 (2019), pp. 33-52

§  “A Day in the Life: The Performance of Playgoing in Early Modern Madrid and London”, Bulletin of the Comediantes 70.2 (2018), pp. 111-128

§  “Comparing the Commercial Theaters of Early Modern London and Madrid”, Renaissance Quarterly 71.2 (2018), pp. 610-644

§  “From Directions to Descriptions: Reading the Theatrical Nebentext in Ben Jonson’s Workes as an Authorial Outlet”, SEDERI 27 (2017), pp. 7-26

§  “Before the Madness: Hamlet’s Ophelia as an Unsung Revenge Tragedy Heroine”, Shakespeare Seminar 13 (2015), pp. 15-26



§  “Gente de la Parroquia: identidad social del barrio teatral en el Madrid del Siglo de Oro” in Fernando Andrés Robres, Mauro Hernández Benítez and Saúl Martínez Bermejo (eds.), Mirando desde el puente. Estudios en homenaje al profesor James S. Amelang, (UAM Ediciones, 2019), pp. 357-366



§  “Henry W. Sullivan, Tragic Drama in the Golden Age of Spain: Seven Essays on the Definition of a Genre (Kassel: Reichenberger, 2018)” in Renaissance Quarterly 73.1 (2020), pp. 349-351

§  “Félix Lope de Vega, Comedias Parte XVII. Edición crítica de Prolope [eds. Daniele Crivellari and Eugenio Maggi] (Madrid: Gredos, 2018)” in Bulletin of the Comediantes 71.1-2 (2019), pp. 347-349

§  “César Domínguez (ed.), 1616: Anuario de la Literatura Comparada, nº7 ‘Comparando los Intraducibles’ (2017)” in Hermēneus 22 (2020) (in print)

§  “Barbara Fuchs (ed.) and G.J. Racz (trans.), The Golden Age of Spanish Drama (New York: Norton, 2018)” in The Sixteenth Century Journal (in print)



SdOCORRALES: Corrales de Comedias del Siglo de Oro Español [http://www.sdocorrales.com]

SdOCORRALES is a digital platform that collects all the information known of the many corrales de comedias [innyard playhouses] built in the Iberian Peninsula throughout what is commonly referred to as the Golden Age of Spanish Drama (c. 1550-1700).

Blog Posts


    §  Researcher and member of the Management Support Team for the project “América en Madrid: Patrimonios interconectados e impacto turístico en la Comunidad de Madrid”, financed by the Autonomous Community of Madrid and directed by Antonio Álvarez-Ossorio at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: January 2020-December 2022, Madrid (Spain) (reference number: h2019/hum5694)

    §  Researcher and member of the Management Support Team for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action project “Failure: Reversing the Genealogies of Unsuccess, 16th–19th Centuries”, financed by the European Commission as part of the H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 project call and directed by Antonio Álvarez-Ossorio at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: May 2019-April 2023, Madrid (Spain) (grant number: 823998)

    §  Member of the research team for the project “Towards a New Aesthetics of Elizabethan Poetry: Critical Reassessments and New Editions of Neglected Work”, financed by Spain’s National Research Agency (MINECO) and directed by Zenón Luis Martínez at the Universidad de Huelva: January 2018-December 2021, Huelva (Spain) (reference number: ffi2017-82269-p)

    §  Member of the research team for the project “EMOTHE: Teatro europeo de los siglos XVI y XVII: patrimonio y bases de datos”, financed by Spain’s National Research Agency (MINECO) and directed by Jesús Tronch Pérez at the Universitat de València: December 2016-May 2023, Valencia (Spain) (reference number: ffi2016-80314-p)


    §  The Association for Hispanic Classical Theatre

    §  British Spanish Society

    §  Deutsche Shakespeare Gesellschaft

    §  European Shakespeare Research Association

    §  Modern Language Association

    §  Renaissance Society of America

    §  SEDERI: Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies

    §  Shakespeare Association of America

    §  Society for Theatre Research

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