Cass Morris works as a writer and educator in central Virginia. Her debut series, The Aven Cycle, is Roman-flavored historical fantasy released by DAW Books. She is also one-third of the team behind the Hugo Award Finalist podcast Worldbuilding for Masochists.
From 2010 to 2017, she worked as Academic Resources Manager at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. During her time there, she composed over 20 full-length teaching guides for Shakespeare’s plays, as well as developing and leading workshops for students of all ages and experience levels, assisting with leadership programming and other professional training, and facilitating the biennial Blackfriars Conference. She has presented at conferences including the 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Shakespeare Association of America conferences, the 2015 Halved Heart conference at Shakespeare’s Globe, the 2016 Shakespeare Theatre Association teaching practicum, and the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Blackfriars Conferences. She also contributed essays to Shaping Shakespeare for Performance: The Bear Stage and Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries.
She completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin University in 2010, where she wrote her thesis, “Another Self: Amicitia and Relationship Dynamics in Shakespeare“ on the topic of the narrative of male friendship in Shakespeare’s comedies under the guidance of Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen and Dr. Mary Hill Cole. She earned her undergraduate degree, a BA in English with a minor in history, from the College of William and Mary in 2007. Cass served on the boards of theatrical extracurricular groups at both Mary Baldwin and William and Mary.
She reads voraciously, wears corsets voluntarily, and will beat you at MarioKart.