Kate Emery Pogue received her undergraduate degree in Theatre from Northwestern University and her master’s from the University of Minnesota. She was founder of the drama program and writer of the theater curriculum for Houston Community College where she taught for over 20 years. During this time she was the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare by the Book Festival in Fort Bend County and a founder and Artistic Director and Resident Librettist for Opera To Go, the educational outreach performance company for Houston Grand Opera. Both a stage director and librettist, she has directed plays for numerous organizations and colleges and has had commissions for writing the librettos for several opera companies. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A frequent lecturer on Shakespeare, her research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and her books on Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Friends (Praeger, 2006) and Shakespeare’s Family (Praeger, 2008) have established her as a world authority on Shakespeare’s private life. She currently teaches at UH Downtown.