Hi! I’m Elizabeth Tavares (she/her), an interdisciplinary scholar of early modern English drama whose research foci include playing companies, theatre history, and Shakespeare in performance. I have the good fortune to serve as assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses for the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.
A three-time Mellon Foundation fellow, I’ve benefitted from research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; societies for Theatre Research and Renaissance Studies; and the Newberry, Folger, and Huntington libraries; among others. My prize-winning scholarship has appeared in Early Theatre, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Bulletin, Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Studies, as well as edited collections, special issues, and handbooks. A regular performance reviewer, I also contribute to academic blogs, vlogs, and podcasts.
I am currently at work on a book project, Playing the Repertory before Shakespeare, which, in tracing the development of the sixteenth-century repertory system, demonstrates how four major tacks — triptych blocking, up-cycled props, tailored soundscapes, and racialized prosthetics — were employed by companies to cultivate returner audiences. Other research interests include ecocriticism and critical editing.
Alongside these research endeavors, I am also a working dramaturg for productions of Shakespeare and new work. This includes serving as director-of-research for the Alabama Shakespeare Project, a performance-based research collective exploring early modern entertainments through a staged reading series and other events.
If you’re interested, you can check out my publications, digital projects, dramaturgy credits, and (infrequent) blog posts on issues related to repertory and contemporary performance trends.
If you’d like to reach out, please do drop me a line via email. I look forward to hearing from you!