MemberElizabeth E. Tavares

Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD, (she/her) is assistant professor of English with the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. Specializing in early English drama, her research foci include playing companies, theatre history, and Shakespeare in performance. Tavares’s scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from Early TheatreShakespeare StudiesShakespeare BulletinNotes & QueriesShakespeareSceneThe Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and The Map of Early Modern London, among others. She has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the NEH, Mellon Foundation, Early Modern Conversions; Folger, Huntington, and Newberry libraries; and Society for Theatre Research. This research has been recognized with prizes from the Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society and Illinois Humanities Research Institute. For more, visit her website, blog, or follow Tavares on Twitter (@ElizETavares).


…sium 4: Theatrical Spaces and Dramatic Places (University of Alabama Press, 1996): 39-50.

“The Aristotelian Theatrical Paradigm as Cultural-Historical Construct,” Theatre Research International 22, Supplemental Issue (1997): 38-47.

“Industry or Mere Accident: The Making of a Theatrical Event,” Journal of Theatre and Drama 3 (1997): 103-13.

“The Ritual and Performative Basis of Greek Combat Sport and Hoplite Battle,” Theatre Annual 50 (1997): 72-78.

“The Field of Medieval Theatre,” Humanitas Taiwanica 62 (2005):71-97.

“Richard Hooker on the Eucharist: A Commentary on the Laws V.67,” Anglica…

MemberEmer McHugh

I graduated with my PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway in 2019, where I also teach. I am the author of the forthcoming Irish Shakespeares: Gender, Sexuality, and Performance in the Twenty-First Century, currently under contract with Routledge. This is an expansion upon my doctoral dissertation, ‘Shakespeare, Gender, and Contemporary Ireland: Performing and Recreating National Identities’ (fully funded by the Irish Research Council), which looks at contemporary Shakespeare performance by Irish practitioners inside and outside of Ireland, exploring their engagement with gender, queerness, and feminisms, and exploring this in tandem with its contested relationship with issues of Irish national identity. Case studies include Druid Theatre’s Henriad adaptation DruidShakespeare (2015), Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of The Taming of the Shrew (2016), the Abbey Theatre’s production of Twelfh Night (2014), and the Almeida/Harold Pinter Theatre production of Hamlet (2017). My research interests include: early modern performance studies; Shakespeare and Ireland; theatre and celebrity culture; theatre history and historiography; audience and reception studies; contemporary Irish and British performance; and queer and feminist theory and performance. I am currently writing and developing articles and book chapters on Irish Shakespeare performance; Shakespeare on film and celebrity culture; and the terminologies of early modern performance studies. From 2015-2018, I served on the steering committee of the Society for Theatre Research’s New Researchers’ Network. I also co-hosted the podcast Feminist Theatre Squadron, and have contributed my work to Women Are BoringShakespeare in Ireland, and Reviewing Shakespeare. I also teach undergraduates in Drama at NUI Galway, and have also taught in the Discipline of English at NUIG and in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. I also teach in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. I specialise in and have taught classes on theatre histories and historiographies; global Shakespeares; the history and practice of performing Shakespeare; film and Shakespeare; revenge tragedies; approaches to staging classical texts; modern Irish theatre; and comedy in performance. (And, of course, I am always open to specialising in other areas too.)