MemberJeffrey Masten

…Co-editor, Renaissance Drama, 1997-present.  Submissions of essays for consideration are welcome via our electronic portal….
…. 2018).  Choice: “Essential.” Winner 2018 Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award.
The Old Law in Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (Oxford University Press, 2007)
Language Machines: Technologies of Literary and Cultural Production (Routledge, 1997)
Textual Intercourse: Collaboration, Authorship, and Sexualities in Renaissance Drama (Cambridge University Press, 1997)


“Philology’s Queer Children: Imitation, Authorship, and Shakespeare’s ‘Natural’ Language.” Colloquy: Shakespeare and Cervantes Then and Now.  Curated Roland Greene.  ARCADE: Literature, Humanities, & the World. Stanford University.  …

Early modern English literature and culture, Renaissance drama including Shakespeare, premodern history of sexuality and gender, textual editing, philology, history of authorship and collaboration  

MemberElizabeth E. Tavares

…American Society for Theatre Research
Marlowe Society of America
Malone Society
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Modern Language Association
Oecologies Research Group
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society
Phi Alpha Theta
Renaissance Society of America
Sigma Tau Delta
Shakespeare Association of America
Society for Theatre Research…

Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD, (she/her) is an interdisciplinary scholar of Medieval and Renaissance literature and performance. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, The Repertory System Before Shakespeare: Playing the Stock Market, which traces the development of the repertory system and the ways in which it conditioned the 1580s and ’90s English theatre industry to argue that it was repetition, revision, and collaboration, rather than novelty, that produced the diverse, solvent marketplace in which William Shakespeare and his contemporaries would come to train. Her recent research interests include the role climatological phenomena played in the emergence of the professional playing companies, the place of victualing houses in sixteenth-century new play development, and the effects of content curation on early (modern) habits of mind. Her most recent work explores allusion and representation of Tartary tribes, unified under Chinggis Khan in the early thirteenth century, in sixteenth-century English theatrical documents and travelogues. Tavares’s scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Notes & Queries, Shakespeare, Scene, The Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and The Map of Early Modern London, among others. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including from the NEH, Mellon Foundation, Early Modern Conversions, Folger Library, Huntington Library, Newberry Library, and Society for Theatre Research. This research has been recognized with prizes from the Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. For more, visit her website, blog, or follow Tavares on Twitter (@ElizETavares).

MemberNatalie Crohn Schmitt

…e at Francis W. Parker School, Chicago,” Theatre Survey, 49:1 (2008), 37-64.   “Il finto negromante: The Vitality of a Commedia Dell’Arte Scenario by Flaminio Scala, 1611,Text and Performance Quarterly, 29, 4 (2009), 299-326.   “Improvisation in the Commedia dell’Arte in its Golden Age: Why, What, How,” Renaissance Drama 38 n.s. (2010), 225-250.   “Life in the Street in the Commedia dell’Arte Scenarios of Flaminio Scala,” Viator, 41, 1 (2010), 367-393.   “Francis W. Parker’s Morning Exercise and the Progressive Movement,” American Educational History Journal 37, 1(2010), 109-127.   “The …

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MemberValerie Billing

…“Sexuality and Queerness on the Early Modern Stage.” A New Companion to Renaissance Drama, edited by Thomas Hopper and Arthur Kinney, Blackwell, 2017, pp. 443-455.

“The Queer Language of Size in Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Queer Shakespeare: Desire and Sexuality, edited by Goran Stanivukovic, Bloomsbury, 2017, pp. 107-122.

“The Queer Erotics of Size in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis.” Shakespeare Studies, vol. XLV, 2017, pp. 131-136.

“Female Spectators and the Erotics of the Diminutive in Epicoene and The Knight of the Burning Pestle.” Renaissance Drama, vol. 42, no. 1, 2014, pp. 1-28.

“Treble Marriage: Margaret Cavendish, William Newcastle…

Valerie Billing is Assistant Professor of English at Central College, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern English literature, world literature, LGBTQ+ literature, and disability literature. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature from the University of California, Davis. Valerie’s current research project investigates the erotics of size in a range of early modern drama, poetry, prose, and visual art.

MemberMichelle M. Dowd

I am the Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama.   I specialize in early modern literature, with concentrations in Tudor and Stuart drama, Shakespeare, and early modern women’s writing.  My additional teaching and research interests include early modern theater culture, dramatic genres, feminist theory and gender studies, economic criticism, and early modern religious culture.  

MemberTeresa Marie Hooper

I teach and study the entire Medieval and Early Renaissance periods, but I specialize in Early Medieval Literature with a focus in Early Medieval England, medieval manuscripts, and a little Late Antiquity for good measure. My areas of interest for teaching and research purposes include (but often wander outside of: Early English codicology; Old English language and literature; memory studies; LA/medieval cultural geography, cosmography, and travel narratives; LA, medieval, and Early Modern ethnography and exploration; early Latin saint’s lives; Latin texts in English translation; monsters and teratology; Chaucerian dream poems; Renaissance poetry; and Ancient to modern drama. My current research interests include the textual and codicological history of the Beowulf-Manuscript (London, BL Cotton Vitellius A.xv, part 2), the earliest Latin St. Christopher legend, and the OE and Latin versions of Orosius’ History against the Pagans. 

MemberSarah Werner


“Othello and Theatrical Language.” Shakespeare’s World of Words, ed. Paul Yachnin. Arden Shakespeare, 2015. 171-86.

“Digital Scholarship and Digital Studies: The State of the Discipline.” Co-written with Matthew Kirschenbaum. Book History. 17 (2014) 406-458; DOI: 10.1353/bh.2014.0005.

Editor, New Directions for Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage. Accents on Shakespeare. Routledge, 2001….

Sarah Werner is a book historian, Shakespearean, and digital media scholar based in Washington, DC. Her latest project, Studying Early Printed Books, 1450-1800: A Practical Guide, will be published by Wiley Blackwell in the spring of 2018; the book will be accompanied by a website showcasing images of hand-press books and pedagogical resources. Werner worked for nearly a decade at the Folger Shakespeare Library as the Undergraduate Program Director and as Digital Media Strategist; in those roles she taught a regular semester-length research seminar on book history, created their research blog (The Collation), and led the overhaul of their website. She has a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of numerous works on Shakespeare and performance, including Shakespeare and Feminist Performance (Routledge 2001), as well as on bibliography, digital tools, and pedagogy.