Alycia earned her PhD and MA from The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. She’s the author of three successful works of non-fiction including Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place (Ashgate, 2007) and the deliciously titled, The Food of Love: The Taste of Shakespeare in Four Seasons (Graficas, 2013).
Dr. Smith-Howard’s book, Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place is a landmark treatise on the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2007, it was shortlisted for the “Theatre Book Prize” by the Society of Theatre Research (London, UK) and selected for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s “Essential Shakespeare Reading List”. Her Shakespeare cookbook, The Food of Love, co-authored with award-winning chef, Alan Deegan, is a modern take on delicacies of Shakespeare for the contemporary kitchen.
Currently, Dr. Smith-Howard lectures for such organisations as The British Council, The National Trust, BADA (British American Drama Academy), Open University Shakespeare Society, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Royal Shakespeare Company, HF Holidays, Women’s Institutes, CAPA International Education, amongst others. Her previous academic appointments include faculty positions in Shakespeare studies at New York University and the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Alycia publishes regularly in print and online. She is a regular contributor to such magazines as Warwickshire Life that feature her popular and amusing monthly column, "Notes from a Shakespeare Diva". Currently, she is working on the biography of international renowned Voice Director, Cicely Berry, OBE, and a book about Shakespeare’s cultural legacy in America.
Lively, outgoing and engaging - Alycia is one of our top Leisure Activities Leaders, with a 100% satisfaction rating! 10:10.
– Lana Walker, Leisure Activities Operation Co-ordinator, HF Holidays
An excellent and engaging speaker!
– Su Yin Chan, Westminster Shakespeare Summer School
Guests at our monthly “Ladies Lunch” thoroughly enjoyed Alycia’s talk and presentation. Alycia is very lively and entertaining! She develops a real affinity with groups. Her talks are very informative and interesting - looking at how Shakespeare has influenced our lives and his continuing place in modern culture. She used a variety of images and video footage that added variety to her presentation. We will certainly have Alycia for future speaking engagements. – Siân Smith,?Sales Executive,?The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
Dr Smith-Howard’s lecture on Twelfth Night
was brilliant! Our Sixth Form students found the lecture engaging and informative.
- Hazel Dempster, Teacher of English, Key Stage 5, St. Marylebone’s School, London
Thoroughly delightful speaker. We will definitely have her back for more!
- Gill Glover, President, Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes - Barford WI
Wonderful presentation. Alycia provided a thought-provoking and engaging dialogue about Shakespeare’s legacy.
- Karen Cheng, The British Council - Hong Kong