A dance and applied theatre double major, Leiana Petlewski '21 was selected as Pacific’s undergraduate valedictorian for May 2021 Commencement. She also was named the university’s Outstanding Senior in Applied Theatre (along with fellow graduate Julia Peterson ’21), Outstanding Senior in Dance, and Outstanding Senior in the Arts.
Elizabeth E. Tavares, PhD
Elizabeth E. Tavares (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary scholar of Medieval and Renaissance literature and performance. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, The Repertory System Before Shakespeare: Playing the Stock Market, which argues that it was dramaturgical features—such as blocking, cosmetics, sound, and props—by which early playing companies distinguished themselves from one another in order to survive in the theatre marketplace of the English Renaissance.
Her recent research interests include the role climatological phenomena played in the emergence of the professional playing companies, the place of victualing houses in sixteenth-century new play development, and the effects of content curation on early (modern) habits of mind. Her most recent work explores allusion to and representation of Tartary tribes—unified under Chinggis Khan in the early thirteenth century—in sixteenth-century English theatrical documents and travelogues.
Tavares's scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from 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 numerous fellowships and grants, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, Early Modern Conversions, Folger Shakespeare Library, Huntington Library, Newberry Library, and Society for Theatre Research. This research has been recognized with prizes from the Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. You can find a complete vita here.
As an avid teacher and mentor, Tavares has developed courses in and lectured on British literature and history, EcoDrama, contemporary Shakespeare adaptations and performance, Critical Race Theory and hashtag activism. Her mentees have pursued thesis projects bridging the discourses of dance, embodiment, and the Victorian novel; exploring the affective affordances of Sherlock Holmes fan fiction; and tracing the history of editing grief in early modern representations of male mourning. Check out her Faculty Teaching Profile here.
- PhD & MA, English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- BA, English & History, DePaul University
- Certificate in Editing, University of Chicago
- 2020 Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award for Teaching in the Humanities
- 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
- 2017 Barbara K. Palmer Award for Best New Essay in Archival Research
- IJURCA: International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, Humanities Editor-in-Chief
- Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, Scholar-in-Residence
- Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads, Senior Drama Editor
Courses at Pacific
|ENGL 232||In Albion’s Wake; or, British Literature (Survey)|
|ENGL 323||Shakespeare in Repertory|
|ENGL 337||Vikings, Vulgates, and the Making of Medieval English Literature (Survey)|
|ENGL 338||Reform, Rebirth, and Rediscovery in English Renaissance Literature (Survey)|
|ENGL 340||Estrangéd Woods: Theatre and the Environment (Studies in Drama)|
|ENGW 201||Writing and Research (First-Year Composition)|
|ENGW 305||Research Methods in English (Junior Seminar)|
|HUM 100||#OthelloSyllabus: Cyprus, Ferguson, Forest Grove (First-Year Seminar)|
Julia Grace-Martinez Peterson ’21 has been named an Outstanding Senior in Applied Theater at Pacific University.
Jodelle Marx ’21 was named an Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing.
Elizabeth Swetland ’21 received Pacific University’s Barbara Story Award for Outstanding Theatre Contribution.
Jacquelyn E. Tufts ’21 has been named Pacific University’s Outstanding Senior in the Humanities.