2022 Plenary Speakers
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Tiffany Stern, FBA, is Professor, Fellow and Chair of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, having previously been Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Oxford and Beaverbrook and Bouverie Fellow and Tutor, University College, Oxford (2005-16). She specialises in Shakespeare, theatre history from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, book history and editing. She has published 12 books and editions, including Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan; Making Shakespeare; Shakespeare in Parts (with Simon Palfrey); Documents of Early Modern Performance; and Shakespeare, Malone and the Problems of Chronology(forthcoming). Author of over sixty chapters and articles on sixteenth to eighteenth century dramatic literature, she is general editor of three flagship series: New Mermaids Plays (with William C. Carrol); the Norton Anthology of English Literature (16th century; with Stephen Greenblatt); and the Arden Shakespeare: 4 (with Peter Holland and Zachary Lesser). Her scholarship is widely used by theatre companies interested in historically inflected performance. In 2019, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field, she was elected Fellow of the British Academy.
Katherine Steele Brokaw is Associate Professor of English at University of California, Merced, USA, and co-founded Shakespeare in Yosemite, which offers free, annual Shakespearean performances in Yosemite National Park in celebration of Earth Day. She authored Staging Harmony: Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval and Early English Drama (2016) and has published articles and reviews in several journals and essay collections. With Jay Zysk she co-edited Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare (2019), and she edited Macbeth for the Arden Performance Editions series (2019). Her next book, ‘Shakespeare and Community Performance’, is under contract with Palgrave.
Florence March is Professor in Early Modern English Drama at University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 (France) and Director of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Her current research focuses on theatre and pandemics (she has contributed to the CNRS’s scientific report on “The Convid-19 Pandemic. What the Human and Social Sciences Say” (2020); the relationship between stage and audience or ‘pact of performance’; applied Shakespeare (prison Shakespeare, Shakespeare and citizenship) and Shakespeare in festivals. She has published extensively on Shakespeare’s structuring function in southern France festivals in journals (Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Shakespeare Studies, Litteraria Pragensia), in chapters of The Shakespearean World (2017), Shakespeare and Tourism (forthcoming in 2022), as well as in her monograph Shakespeare au Festival d’Avignon (2012) and in the book she has recently co-edited with Nicoleta Cinpoes and Paul Prescott, Shakespeare on European Festival Stages (Bloomsbury/Arden, 2022). She is co-editor-in-chief of Cahiers Élisabéthains (SAGE) and co-managing editor of Scene Focus. Early Modern European Theatre (OpenEdition). She is also a consultant for the Printemps des comédiens festival in Montpellier and a drama translator at Maison Antoine Vitez, France’s international Centre for theatre translation (she has co-translated into French Tom Stoppard’s latest play, The Heart Problem).
Caroline Bicks is the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature at the University of Maine. She is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English. She specializes in Shakespeare, gender studies, and the history of science. She is the author of Cognition and Girlhood in Shakespeare’s World: Rethinking Female Adolescence (Cambridge University Press, 2021); Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare’s England (Ashgate, 2003); co-editor of The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610 (Palgrave, 2010); and co-author of the humorous Shakespeare Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas (Penguin and Scribe, 2015). Her creative non-fiction has been featured in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, in the show and book Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine, and on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.