Blackfriars conference presentation

Dr. Sara B.T. Thiel presenting on prosthetic pregnancy at the American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference in October 2017 with the help of René Thornton Jr., Rick Blunt, and Christopher Seiler (not pictured). Photo courtesy of Elizabeth E. Tavares.

Select Public Talks

PreAmble: Emma, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, February 2020.

PreAmble: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, December 2018 and January 2019.

PreAmble: Nell Gwynn. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, October and November 2018.

PreAmble: Macbeth. Chicago Shakespeare Theater. May and June, 2018.

PreAmble: Red Velvet. Chicago Shakespeare Theater. December 23 and 30, 2017.

PreAmble: Shakespeare in Love. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, June 2017.


Dr. Sara B.T. Thiel giving the commencement address at the 2017 University of Illinois Department of Theatre graduation ceremony.

Select Conference Presentations

Panels Organized

“A City of Contradictions: A Discussion with Chicago Theater Makers,” Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference, June 2019.

“Cognitive Ecologies, 4E Cognition, and Theatre and Performance,” Dr. Rhonda Blair, University of Pittsburgh, March 30, 2018.

 She Works Hard for the Money: The Actress’ Labor in the Theatrical Marketplace. Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Chicago, IL. August 2016.

Plenary Panels and Papers Presented

Sara_MIDS_2“‘Why is Juliet Black?’ and Other Questions Students Ask about Race in the Theater.” Mid-America Theatre Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2020.

“Turning toward Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Disrupting White Supremacy in Shakespeare Studies.” Mid-America Theatre Conference. Milwaukee, WI. March 2018.

“‘A quilted preface to advance your belly’: Pregnancy Prosthetics and the Queen’s Men Repertory.” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference. Staunton, VA. October 2017.

“Performing Blackface Pregnancy at the Stuart Court: Queen Anna of Denmark and the Masque of Blackness.” Shakespeare Association of America, NextGenPlen. Atlanta, GA. April 2017.

“‘Cushion come forth’: Materializing Pregnancy on the Stuart Stage.” American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Conference. Staunton, VA. October 2015.

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