A music scholarship at Pacific opened artistic doors for Leiana Petlewski ’21 and helped ignite her creative passion. She plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra and is a member of the dance ensemble. Now a junior, Petlewski is majoring in applied theatre and dance.
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
- Repertory Studies
- Playing Companies
- Theatre History & Economics
- Shakespeare & Contemporaries
- Digital Humanities & Curation
- English Renaissance Literatures
- Practice-based Research (PbR)
- EcoDrama & Ecocriticism
- Postcolonial & Critical Race Theory
- Textual Editing & Criticism
- 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)|
For the second year in a row, English students have work in the highly competitive international publications of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, The Rectangle and The Review.
Physics Professor Andrew Dawes and Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth Tavares will be taking part in Fresh Eyes, a program that brings "civilians" into the theater rehearsal process.