DiGangi Pic 2MARIO DiGANGI (Ph.D. Columbia University) is Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he serves as Executive Officer of the Ph.D. Program in English. He is the author of The Homoerotics of Early Modern Drama (Cambridge, 1997) and Sexual Types: Embodiment, Agency, and Dramatic Character from Shakespeare to Shirley (Pennsylvania, 2011), and has also contributed to Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare; Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship between Men, 1550-1800; A Companion to Renaissance Drama; and A Companion to Shakespeare’s Works: The Comedies. He has edited Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare, and The Winter’s Tale for the Bedford Shakespeare: Texts and Contexts series. He is working on a new book, Affective Politics: Alternative Histories on the Early Modern Stage. He has co-directed four NEH Faculty Humanities Workshops on Shakespeare and in Fall 2011 taught a Folger Shakespeare Institute on “Sexuality, Theory, History, Drama.”

Howard PicJEAN E. HOWARD is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her teaching and research interests include Shakespeare, Tudor and Stuart drama, Early Modern poetry, modern drama, feminist and Marxist theory, and the history of feminism. Prof. Howard is on the editorial board of Shakespeare Studies and Renaissance Drama. She has published essays on Shakespeare, Pope, Ford, Heywood, Dekker, Marston, and Jonson, as well as on aspects of contemporary critical theory including new historicism, Marxism, and issues in feminism. Her books include Shakespeare’s Art of Orchestration (1984); Shakespeare Reproduced: The Text in History and Ideology, edited with Marion O’Connor (1987); The Stage and Struggle in Early Modern England (1994); with Phyllis Rackin, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories (1997); Marxist Shakespeares, edited with Scott Shershow (2000); and four generically organized Companions to Shakespeare, edited with Richard Dutton (2001). She is a co-editor of The Norton Shakespeare (2nd ed. 2007) and General Editor of the Bedford Contextual Editions of Shakespeare. A recent book, Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy 1598-1642 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), won the Barnard Hewitt award for Outstanding Theater History for 2008.  She has just published, with Crystal Bartolovich, a monograph on Shakespeare and Marx in the Great Shakespeareans series for Continuum Press (2012) and is currently completing a book entitled Staging History that uses Shakespeare’s history plays as a starting point for considering Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill’s use of history in framing debates about current political issues. A book on early modern tragedy is in the works.  From 1996 to 1999 Professor Howard directed the Institute for Research on Women and Gender  at Columbia; in 1999-2000 she was President of the Shakespeare Association of America;  from 2004-2007 she served as Columbia’s first Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives; and from 2008-2011 she was Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Currently, as a Trustee Emerita of Brown University, she chairs the Brown University President’s Diversity Advisory Council and serves on the Advisory Board of the Pembroke Center; she is also a Senator of Phi Beta Kappa.

Lesser PicZACHARY LESSER (University of Pennsylvania) received his PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and his BA in Renaissance Studies and Religious Studies from Brown University. Before going to Penn, he taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and research interests focus on Shakespeare and early modern drama, the history of the book, literary form and genre, and early modern political and religious debate. He is the author of Hamlet after Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text, forthcoming from Penn Press; and Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication: Readings in the English Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which won the Elizabeth Dietz Award, presented annually by Studies in English Literature to the best book of the year in early modern studies. With Alan B. Farmer, he is co-creator of DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, an online resource for studying the printing, publishing, and marketing of Renaissance drama. With Farmer, he is currently working on a revisionist study of print popularity, entitled Print, Plays, and Popularity in Shakespeare’s England.

Prof. Margaret Litvin with SkullMARGARET LITVIN is assistant professor of Arabic and comparative literature at Boston University. Her book, Hamlet’s Arab Journey: Shakespeare’s Prince and Nasser’s Ghost (Princeton, 2011), examines the many invocations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in postcolonial Arabic literature, theatre, and political discourse. Her current research focuses on Arab-Russian and Arab-Soviet literary interactions during the long twentieth century.  She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and has been a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center.  At BU she directs the newly created interdisciplinary major in Middle East and North Africa Studies and teaches courses on Arabic literature as well as seminars on “Global Shakespeares” and “1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination.”  See also: “Shakespeare in the Arab World” (http://arabshakespeare.blogspot.com/) as well as “Global Shakespeares at BU” (http://globalshakespearesbu.blogspot.com/).

Stewart PicALAN STEWART joined Columbia in 2003, after teaching for ten years at Queen Mary, and Birkbeck, both University of London.  He is currently Director of Graduate Studies for English and Comparative Literature, and Director of the new interdisciplinary MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  His publications include Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (1997); Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon 1561-1626 (with Lisa Jardine, 1998); Philip Sidney: A Double Life (2000); The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003); Letterwriting in Renaissance England (with Heather Wolfe, 2004) and Shakespeare’s Letters (2008).   With Garrett Sullivan, he is co-general editor of a three volume Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).   Most recently, he has edited volume I, Early Writings 1584-1596, of the Oxford Francis Bacon for Oxford University Press (2012).   He has won awards from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2011-2012 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.   Since 2002, he has been the International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London (www.livesandletters.ac.uk) for which he is producing an online edition of Bacon’s correspondence.  His current projects include editing volume 2 of the Oxford Francis Bacon and an anthology of Tudor drama for Broadside; a study of Early Modern Life-writing for Oxford University Press; and French Shakespeare, a study of the relations between England and France in the 1580s and 1590s.

Thompson PicAYANNA THOMPSON is Professor of English at George Washington University. She specializes in Renaissance drama and focuses on issues of race and performance. She is the author of Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008), and she is the editor of Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) (co-edited with Scott Newstok) and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006). Professor Thompson is a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Worthen Pic2W. B. WORTHEN is Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts and Chair of the Department of Theatre of Barnard College; he is also appointed as Professor in the Theatre Division, School of the Arts, and in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Ph.D. in Theatre program.  He is the author of many books and edited collections, most recently Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance (Cambridge, 2002), Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama (Cambridge, 2006), and Drama: Between Poetry and Performance (Blackwell-Wiley, 2010). His current book, Shakespeare Performance Studies is forthcoming from Cambridge this summer.

Zucker PicADAM ZUCKER is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  He is the author of The Places of Wit in Early Modern English Comedy (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and the co-editor, with Alan B. Farmer, of Localizing Caroline Drama: Politics and Economics of the Early Modern English Stage, 1625-1642 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).  Professor Zucker won the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012-13, and his book, The Places of Wit, was shortlisted for the 2012 Globe Theatre Book Award.  He has been awarded W. M. Keck and Francis Bacon fellowships from the Huntington Library, and a Lilly Teaching Fellowship from UMass, in recognition of his work in the classroom.  Recent publications include a chapter on “Late Shakespeare” for the Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare and a commentary stream on the Folger Library’s Luminary IPad edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  He is a member of the editorial boards of English Literary Renaissance and Renaissance Drama, and co-director of the Five Colleges Renaissance Seminar.  His current project is a study of stupidity and incompetence in the plays of Shakespeare and in early modern English culture more generally.