• 7 years’ experience in professional administration, including budgetary oversight and staff management
  • 16 years’ experience running a successful freelance editing business 
  • 12 years’ experience teaching in higher education 
  • Successful grant-writing and fundraising background (3 years)
  • Successful corporate sponsor management experience (3 years)
  • Multiple popular and academic publications 


Owner/Operations Manager, Doktor Luke’s Coffee House, Sydney, NS (2013-pres.)

  • Carrying out market research, brand strategizing, developing a business plan, securing financing, negotiating potential commercial spaces, applying for the proper permits and licences, working with insurance brokers, lawyers and accountants.
  • Monitoring and analyzing revenues and expenses.
  • Co-managing human resources: hiring, training, supervising staff (2-4 at any given time)
  •  Developing and executing marketing and publicity campaigns and strategies.
  • Liaising with public and media regarding business operations and special events.
  • Promoting business by using social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Senior Editor, Dr. Julie Sutherland: Freelance Proofreader & Editor (2001-pres.)

Copyediting/proofreading diverse documents for clients in North America, the UK and Western Europe, and Asia. Clients include:

  • International human rights organization
  • Independent public policy think tank 
  • Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario (sub-contracts)
  • Swiss Consulate General 
  • Professional athletes (biographies, web copy, etc.)
  • Academics (journal articles, monographs)
  • Lawyers and expert witnesses 
  • Poets, novelists, short story writers

 Sample manuscript editing projects include:   

  • Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans for the Crown of Canada by Dr. David Johnson (Dundurn Press, forthcoming).
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Gender, 2nd ed. by Dr. Allyson Jule (Multilingual Matters, 2017).
  • Swiss Immigration to Canada: Achievements, Testimonies, Relations by Dr. Ilona Shulman Spaar (Consulate General of Switzerland, 2013).
  • After the Spring: Probation, Justice Reform and Democratization from the Baltics to Beirut by Dr. Johannes Wheeldon (Eleven International Publishing, 2012).
    • Nominated for Int’l Book of the Year at American Society of Criminology, 2013). 

Academic Co-ordinator, Shakespeare, Athabasca University (2015-17, Limited Term Appointment)

  • Responsible for the delivery, maintenance and development of assigned programs and courses of study in Shakespeare within the Centre for Humanities.
  • Responsible for major revisions on ENGL 324 and ENGL 325 (Shakespeare I and Shakespeare II). These revisions involved completely rewriting the course material (200,000 words) and updating all resources to reflect major changes in computer technology since the last revision (1996).

Teaching/Professorial Experience (2003-2017)

  • Duties: course development; teaching; academic advising; examining and marking; research; conferences; publishing.
  • Contracts at: Cape Breton University (2013-17); University of Durham (2010-11); University of British Columbia (2008-2013); Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2007-12); ABU/Oxford (2004-06); Crandall (2005-06)
  • Select courses: Shakespeare; Renaissance Studies; Non-Shakespearean Renaissance Drama, Metaphysical Poetry; Renaissance Poetry; Literature to the 18th Century; Introductory Literature courses; and Introductory Writing courses (built around Media and Culture, and Industry and Economy)

Sample Publications 

  • Merchant of Venice: Texts/Contexts. Contributing Editor. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2014.
  • “ ‘What beast is this lies wallowing in his gore?’: The Indignity of Man and the Animal Nature of Love in The Sea Voyage.” Modern Language Review 107.1 (Jan., 2012): 89-109.
  • “ ‘Never conquered nor possessed:’ Female Theatre Professionals Present Post-colonial / Québécois Canadian Shakespeare” in “No other but a woman's reason”: Women on Shakespeare. Eds. Kujawinska Courtney and Kwapisz Williams. Edwin Mellen Press, 2013. 
  • Heroes & Villains: The Creation & Propagation of an Image. Eds. Julie Sutherland and C.H.L. George. Durham: Centre for 17th Century Studies, 2004. 
  • “Obedience to the Inward Oracle: An Analysis of Some Early Quaker Women’s Texts.” Quaker Studies 6.2. (2002): 135-158.  

Director of Public Relations, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver (2006-09)

  • Liaised with federal, provincial, and municipal government.
  • Liaised with media and members of the theatre industry.
  • Wrote media releases and grant applications for government funding and funding from the private sector.
  • Facilitated fundraising events and liaised with donors. 
  • Managed human resources including hiring, apprentice supervision, staff co-management, management of external contractors.
  • Managed and generated in-house marketing/advertising.
  • Attended regional (GVPTA) and national (PACT) conferences.


EDventure Society, Board Member (2017)

The object of the Society is the founding and governance of a not-for-profit to develop and provide educational activities for children and youth such as summer school, outdoor field trips, in class activities and curriculum development.

Bandshell Players, Treasurer (2014-pres.)

The Bandshell Players is committed to producing professional quality theatre in accessible public spaces of Cape Breton. The Bandshell Players is particularly interested in supporting groups that destigmatize mental illness, and its fundraising efforts are dedicated to that pursuit.


  • International Ambassador, ReLit Bibliotherapy Foundation (UK) (2017-pres.)
  • Fundraising Project Manager through Doktor Luke’s Coffee House (concepts, marketing, accounting). Initiatives have benefited: Syrian refugees in Cape Breton; Cape Breton United Way; Women’s Transition House; Crossroads Clubhouse Cape Breton (2015-pres.)
  • Program developer, “Shakespeare’s Sea Dreams,” EDventure Summer Camps, Sydney, NS (2017-pres.)
  • Session Tutor, Oxford ReLit Summer School, Oxford, UK (2017-pres.) 
  • Theatre Critic for the Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney, NS (2013-pres.)
  • Benefit Show Producer/Campaign Fundraiser (Pathways to Employment, Crossroads Clubhouse, United Way Cape Breton, Cape Breton Transition House, Lifeline Syria Cape Breton), Sydney, NS (2013-pres.)
  • Shakespeare Language Coach, Hamlet. Boardmore Theatre, Sydney, NS (2015)
  • Stage Management Crew, Cyrano de Bergerac. Boardmore Theatre, Sydney, NS (2013)
  • Benefit Show Producer (Doktor Luke Productions) for arts communities in Vancouver, BC 


  • Vital Employer Award, Cape Breton Partnership (2015)
  • Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize (University of British Columbia, Dept. of Engl.) (2011-12)
  • Honourable Mention 1/1: “Exemplary Tutor” (Durham University, Dept. of Engl.) (2011)
  • Overseas Research Studentship, Higher Education Funding Council, UK ($50,000 CAD) (2001-04)
  • Ctr. for 17th Century Studies Studentship, Durham University ($30,000 CAD) (2001-04)



Ph.D., Durham University, UK (2004), English Studies and Seventeenth-Century Studies

M.A., Durham University (2001), Seventeenth-Century Studies

B.A., Honours, Trinity Western University, Canada (1999), English (Major); Drama (Minor)

  • Visiting studentships at: Oxford University (1998); Queen’s University (1996-97)


Languages: English; French (intermediate); Latin (elementary)

Computers: Windows 10; MS Office 2016; Adobe Creative Suite 6 (intermed.); Mac OSX 


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