Sara B.T. Thiel - Visiting Assistant Professor


Sara B.T. Thiel holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Thiel’s research focuses on early modern theatre history, performances of pregnancy, and material culture. She also researches and published on contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare. Her forthcoming essay, “Performing Blackface Pregnancy at the Stuart Court: The Masque of Blackness and Love's Mistress, or the Queen's Masque,” (Renaissance Drama, 2017) recovers the Stuart Queen’s influence on early modern dramaturgy and performances of gestation in early seventeenth-century England. Her essay in Stage Matters: Props, Bodies, and Space in Shakespearean Performance (forthcoming from Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018), discusses the material construction of prosthetic pregnancy bellies on boy actors’ bodies.  

Dr. Thiel is a PreAmble speaker at the Tony-award winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This season, she will provide pre-show talks for Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet as well as Macbeth, directed by Aaron Posner and Teller.