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 Invited Talks

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

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.

Department of Theatre Commencement Address, Krannert Center for Performing Arts, University of Illinois, May 14, 2017.


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

Dessert and Conversation: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Krannert Center for Performing Arts, University of Illinois, 2015.

Department of Design, Stage Management, and Scenic Technology, “Dramaturgy in Theory and in Practice,” Department of Theatre, University of Illinois, 2015.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival Panel on Original Practices, Illinois State University, 2014.


Select Conference Presentations

Panels Organized

“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.

Papers Presented

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

“Extraordinarily Everyday: The Pregnant Page in Thomas Middleton’s More Dissemblers Besides Women.” American Society for Theatre Research. Atlanta, GA. November 2017.

“‘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.” NextGenPlen. Shakespeare Association of America. Atlanta, GA. April 2017.

“Home Birth: Conflating Maternal and Professional Labor in Girls.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Chicago, IL. August 2016.

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

“The Belly Performs: Pregnant Boys on the Stuart Stage.” American Society for Theatre Research. Baltimore, MD. November 2014.

“(m)Otherhood: Constructing the Maternal Moor in Titus Andronicus.American Society for Theatre Research. Dallas, TX. November 2013.

Practice as Research

Waking the Dead: J.M. Synge’s Riders to the Sea. Director and Producer, UIUC. September 2014.

Be Stone No More: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and Middleton’s Second Maiden’s Tragedy. Director and Co-Producer, UIUC. September 2013.

Adaptations at the Armory. Director and Co-Producer, UIUC, February 2013.

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