What is in the Stratford Festival Archives?

promptThe first meeting of the Waterloo Renaissance Workshop will be held Thursday, October 9, from 4-5 p.m. in Hagey Hall 232. Toby Malone, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Drama and Speech Communication, will discuss his current course of research, which involves the digital, parallel-text codification of the prompt-book collections at the Stratford Festival Archives. Toby will speak to the history of the project and will outline the practical and dramaturgical opportunities that arise from considering theatrical archives as sites of generative work.

Toby Malone holds a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies (2009) and is an alumnus of the University of Western Australia and Massey College. He has worked as a professional theatre artist with companies which include the Stratford Festival, the Canadian Stage Company, Young People’s Theatre, Soulpepper, the Australian Shakespeare Company, the Shaw Festival, Driftwood, Poorboy Theatre Scotland, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

The Waterloo Renaissance Workshop is a new forum for the presentation and discussion of research on early modern English literature and culture. It will offer opportunities for students, faculty, and independent scholars to share their work with other specialists in a more relaxed setting than conferences and formal lectures normally provide. The format will vary, but meetings will usually begin with a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by discussion for the rest of the hour. Conversations may continue beyond this, aided by refreshments.

Thank you to the Waterloo Renaissance Workshop for the text of this post.


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