Dr Chris Laoutaris is a biographer, historian and lecturer at The
Shakespeare Institute in Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon. His
most recent book, Shakespeare and the
Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe (Penguin, 2015), was shortlisted
for the Tony Lothian Prize for Biography, was Observer Book of the Year, Telegraph
Book of the Year, one of the New York
Post's 'Must-Read Books', one of the Daily
Telegraph's top ten history holiday reads, and the Bookseller's no. 8 in the top ten most reviewed books for the season
of its release. Laoutaris recently signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins,
whose William Collins imprint secured the
rights in competition with several other major commercial publishers.
Pegasus Books will be releasing Laoutaris' next two books in North America.
Dr Laoutaris has written for the Financial Times, Sunday
Express, Times Higher Education
Supplement, BBC History Magazine,
BBC Shakespeare Lives, and reviewed
for various academic publishers and journals. His recent media work includes
BBC1's The One Show, BBC Midlands, BBC
Radio London, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Newstalk Radio Dublin,
RIK Television Cyprus, Notimex (Mexico's largest media agency), and the BBC
Shakespeare Festival. He has provided consultation to the Weinstein Company for
their much-anticipated sequel to the award-winning film Shakespeare in Love and is currently in discussions with various
producers about the prospect of optioning Shakespeare
and the Countess for film.
The recipient of two major Fellowships from the British Academy
(Post-Doctoral Fellowship) and the Shakespeare Institute (University of
Birmingham, Birmingham Fellowship), Laoutaris received his doctorate from
University College London where he was also a lecturer and Renaissance
Literature Course Convenor before moving to the Shakespeare Institute. He is
holder of the Morley Medal in English, the Ker Memorial Prize in English,
and was shortlisted for the Eric Gregory Poetry Awards.
Laoutaris is the author of an academic monograph, Shakespearean
Maternities: Crises of Conception in Early Modern England; is contributor
to two of Ashgate Press's Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama
series of books and the Cambridge
Companion to Shakespeare's First Folio; has written articles on Renaissance
women, portraiture and political coteries; and has completed a study of
activist female translators and historical writers for Palgrave Macmillan's History
of British Women's Writing: 1500-1610, which won the Society for the Study
of Early Modern Women Collaborative Project Award.