I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. My research focuses on early modern theatre history, performances of pregnancy, material culture, and contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare. My essay, “Performing Blackface Pregnancy at the Stuart Court: The Masque of Blackness and Love’s Mistress, or the Queen’s Masque,” (Renaissance Drama, 2017) recovers the Stuart Queen’s influence on early modern dramaturgy and performances of gestation in early seventeenth-century England. My essay in Stage Matters: Props, Bodies, and Space in Shakespearean Performance (forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018), discusses the material construction of prosthetic pregnancy bellies on boy actors’ bodies.
With my students, I seek to interrogate discourses of white supremacy found throughout the Shakespearean canon and early modern drama. Through an examination of early modern English culture, we can come to understand and deconstruct similar prevailing ideologies in our own world and new work.
I have presented my work at several national conferences including the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Conference, Shakespeare Association of America, the American Society for Theatre Research and the Mid-America Theatre Conference. I have worked as a director and dramaturg in Texas and Illinois. I hold a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
I am based in Chicago and am a PreAmble Scholar at the Tony-award winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This season, I will provide pre-show talks for Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet as well as Macbeth, directed by Aaron Posner and Teller.
My research and teaching areas include: performances of pregnancy, the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Shakespearean adaptations for the stage and screen, contemporary feminist theatre, adaptation theory, early modern original practices, directing, dramaturgy, and theatre history.