The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1007  Thursday, 22 May 2003

From:           Sarah Werner <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 21 May 2003 11:03:29 -0400
Subject:        ANNC: Fall Folger Seminar on Theatrical Repertory System

Applications are invited for a fall-semester seminar at the Folger
Shakespeare Library:

Theatrical Commerce and the Repertory System in Early Modern England

A 2003 Fall Semester Seminar directed by Roslyn L. Knutson, University
of Arkansas at Little Rock

Description: Scholars are used to identifying plays by authorship, date,
and company ownership, but are not as practiced in considering the plays
so identified as members of a company's repertory, with all that concept
entails. This seminar will draw on the resources of the Folger
Shakespeare Library to investigate the ramifications of the repertory
system in the early modern playhouse world, 1583-1613. To begin, we will
lay out some background on the business of playing: company structure
and management, playing venues, audiences, and texts.  Subsequently, we
will focus on company repertories, looking across the theatrical
marketplace in chronological units (1583-94, 1594-99, 1599-1603, and
1603-13). The goal will be to consider the commercial implications of a
given company's repertory as well as the repertories in competition with
each another. Participants will be expected to be (or to become)
familiar with current scholarship in theatre history.  However, most of
the time will be spent with the plays themselves as repertorial siblings
and rivals across company lines. We will assemble these repertories with
an eye to cultural motifs and staging techniques that might have
characterized an individual company's identity and strategies of
theatrical commerce at the time. There will be ample opportunity for
participants with projects in conception, or underway, to explore those
projects further in the context of the seminar's focus.

Director: Roslyn L. Knutson is Professor of English at the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the author of _Playing Companies and
Commerce in Shakespeare's Time_ (2001) and _The Repertory of
Shakespeare's Company, 1594-1613_ (1991), as well as numerous articles
on early modern theatre history. She is currently researching the lost
plays of the 1590s.

Schedule: Friday afternoons, 1 - 4:30 p.m., 19 September through 12
December, except 26 September, 31 October, and 28 November 2003.

Application Deadlines: 2 June 2003 for admission and grants-in-aid (only
Folger Institute affiliates are eligible for Folger Institute
grants-in-aid); 2 September 2003 for admission only.

Registration Fees: $500 (automatically waived for affiliates of the
Folger and Newberry consortia; some fee waivers available by

Further Information: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any
questions. Visit www.folger.edu/institute for application forms and

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