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In 2009, I started this blog for two reasons: to work on my writing between seminar papers while in graduate school, and to practice thinking through Shakespeare and adjacent texts in performance. While I am fortunate now to be a tenure-track faculty member at an R1 research university, the purpose of this blog remains the same. It is a place to test ideas—as writers, part of the job is making our mistakes in public, after all—about the experience of early modern playtexts in performance, and to work on my writing. I hope you’ll join me in the conversation.

In 2016, I moved from Illinois to Oregon. Here, I began working with and as dramaturg for several companies, including the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, as part of a larger project on playing companies, the repertory system, and house styles. Starting in 2017, part of this blog’s evolution included research notes and reviews pertaining to this larger project.

In 2018, I started in earnest on an intensive revision of my first book, The Repertory System before Shakespeare: Playing the Stock Market. As it was my first go at a monograph, I reflect heavily about that process here, including posts on publishing myths, tips, and how to fund that kind of work in Renaissance studies. The blog included fewer reviews as more of those travelled to professional venues.

In 2020, I moved again, this time from Oregon to Alabama in order to join the stellar community of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. There I now teach Shakespeare and early modern drama at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as continue in my scholar-practitioner endeavors.

Do you have a production, film, or other medieval or early modern-ish performance you think might suit a review for this blog? Do please contact me to let me know! Interested in my professional vita? You can find more information about my work on the MLA Commons or my professional portfolio.

Many thanks for stopping by!

View of “The Taming of the Shrew,” Original Practice Shakespeare Festival at the Mission Theatre, Portland, OR. 10 April 2017.