At the juncture of theatre and history is locality, both in terms of the geographically specific sites that the theatre conjures and the theatre itself as a historically inscribed site for cultural production. Due to the primacy of authorship as an organizing principle for the study of drama, the materiality of the theatre is often overlooked.

The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for graduate students to explore the porousness of early modern performance locales, using performance studies alongside other humanities disciplines to envision the cultural work of specific theatrical marketplaces.

The event, held over two days at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will feature performances, lectures, and panels. Our hope is to initiate a focused conversation on the potentials of material elements of theatre, those aside from the author, as important features of the ongoing critical explorations of drama, locality, and performance.


  • Graduate College
  • Department of English
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Medieval Studies
  • Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
  • Department of Classics
  • Scholarly Commons


An IPRH Reading Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign