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Jess Hamlet is a Ph.D. candidate with the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She also holds a Master of Letters and a Master of Fine Arts, both in Shakespeare & Performance, from Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. Jess Hamlet works in early modern drama, particularly with Shakespeare’s role in the early years of the United States. She has published previously on the early modern book trade, and has a piece on unique early modern stage directions forthcoming in Stage Directions and Shakespearean Theatre from Arden.