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University of Alabama
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Repertory Studies, Playing Companies, Theatre History, Shakespeare, Digital Humanities, English Renaissance Literature, Early Modern Drama, Practice-based Research, EcoDrama, Ecocriticism, Critical Race Theory, Textual Editing & Criticism
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About Me

Elizabeth E. Tavares is assistant professor of English with the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. Specializing in early English drama, her research foci include playing companies, theatre history, and Shakespeare in performance.

Tavares’s scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from Early Theatre, Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Notes & Queries, Shakespeare, Scene, The Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and The Map of Early Modern London, among others. She has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the NEH, Mellon Foundation, Early Modern Conversions; Folger, Huntington, and Newberry libraries; and Society for Theatre Research. This research has been recognized with prizes from the Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society and Illinois Humanities Research Institute.

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Recent Publications


The Repertory System Before Shakespeare: Playing the Stock Market, under review

Playing Conditions: Climate and the Rise of Early Modern English Drama, in preparation


Matisse in the Playhouse.” Shakespeare Studies 47 (2019): 127–33.

Super Troupers; or, Supplemented Playing before 1594.” Shakespeare Studies 45 (2017): 77–86.

A Tale of Two Shrews: Recovering the Repertory of the Lord Pembroke’s Players.” The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium 15 (2016): 84–95.

The Chariot in ‘II Tamburlaine,’ ‘The Wounds of Civil War or Marius and Scilla,’ and ‘The Reign of King Edward III.’Notes & Queries 63, no. 3 (2016): 393–96.

A Race to the Roof: Cosmetics and Contemporary Histories in the Elizabethan Playhouse, 1592– 1596.” Shakespeare Bulletin 34, no. 2 (2016): 193–217.


The Sun Tavern,” in The Map of Early Modern London, ed. Janelle Jenstad (2020)

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Media Coverage
A Bit Lit, Foolish Voices, Before Shakespeare
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Economic History, Environment, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Pedagogy, Race