Elizabeth Elaine Tavares

PhD Candidate and Instructor
Department of English
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I teach and conduct research on early modern English literature, especially Renaissance drama. My research interests include popular playing company repertories, audience cultures, Shakespeare and performance studies, as well as the theatre's history in the early modern period. My background in history and cultural studies has led to interdisciplinary interests in ecocriticism, digital humanities, and collaborative pedagogy.

Currently I am in the early writing stages of my dissertation project, tentatively titled “Acts of Imagination: Curating the Early Elizabethan Repertories, 1582 - 1594." I argue that audiences participated not merely as singular—and thus ultimately irrecoverable—consumers of theatrical culture, but as collective contributors by way of the process of repertorial curation. In assuming that the development of Renaissance drama was inflected as much by what the companies chose to perform as by what audiences chose to attend, the project offers repertorial curation as a method for inferring the influence of consumers on the first generation of professional playing companies in England.

You can find me blogging regularly on this and new projects, theatre, and other early modern topics at
BiteThumbnails: A Playgoer's Notebook and on twitter.