Tenure Track with Captain PhD: Liam Daley

DC-based improv team Captain PhD reunites online to create an improvised comedy show based on an interview with a graduate student.


Saturday February 27, 2021
8:30 PM
Free (donations appreciated)
This show will bring some joy to the world of academia as universities go online and freeze hiring, and grad students are isolated and anxious at their job prospects, while feeding our inner nerds and learning new things from first hand experts in the process of doing comedy! The show will start with a live interview of a student or recent grad, and will give the opportunity for the audience to submit questions. The team of comedians will then improvise a comedy show inspired from the interview, before bringing back the guest to wrap up the show and answer a final audience generated question.
Cast: Erick Acuña, Sarah Bucher, James Jelin, Tess Higgins, Béatrice Leydier, Cara Popecki, Alan Prunier, Morgan Smalley, Renan Snowden




This week’s guest: Liam Daley

Liam Thomas Daley is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing on Medieval and Renaissance literature. His work looks at where writers and readers draw the line between historical fact and literary fiction – and why that line changes from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance. Specializing mainly in Shakespeare’s English history plays, his broader research and teaching interests include Arthurian literature, Chaucer, early modern stage craft, and book history. Pre-quarantine archival research included work at the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC), and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (Stratford-upon-Avon, UK). Fun fact: he’s also done some dramaturgy for Brave Spirits Theatre Company (RIP).