Marie Roche, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Five Colleges, Inc.
Director, Community Shakespeare of New England

Marie founded Community Shakespeare of New England in 2013 with the goal of enabling any interested adults to reap the benefits of studying the plays of Shakespeare. With a PhD in English Renaissance Shakespeare from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Marie taught adult classes on Shakespeare’s plays at the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at UMass. She now teaches these same courses at the Northampton Center for the Arts in downtown Northampton Massachusetts.  Her online seminars approach Shakespeare’s texts through different lenses, drawing on her knowledge of film, translations, and themes in the different plays.

In 2019, Marie was awarded a Mass Humanities Grant for Community Shakespeare of New England.

Marie was born in Douala, Cameroon and raised in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.