“Engendering the Stage in the Age of Shakespeare and Beyond” is the first sustained use of Practice as Research theories and methodologies to analyze the performance of gender in Shakespearean drama as it is affected by early modern women’s performance. Evidence for women’s performance has emerged from the archive over recent decades but scholarship conventionally segregates it from the dramatic canon. Uniting scholars, actors and theatre practitioners in performance as research workshops, this project investigates the effects of women’s performance on the skills, techniques and technologies of the performance of femininity by both male and female players in canonical drama by Shakespeare and his English and European contemporaries. Equally crucial to our work are investigations regarding traces of trans and queer identities on the early modern stage and the impacts of these new insights on contemporary casting and performance practices.
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Core members of the project team: