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Recent Trends in Research and Teaching with Mediated Theatre


  • Jessica L. Winston Idaho State University


Performance Criticism, Performance Studies, Performance Pedagogy, Teaching Shakespeare, Mediated Theatre, Event Cinema, Teaching Drama


The purpose of this article is to provide an introductory survey of the field that might be called "mediated theatre studies"--that is, the study of recordings of theatrical performances. The survey has three parts. First, I chart broad trends in the research. Next, I review types and capabilities of some of the longer-running digital platforms. Finally, I plot the range of approaches to mediated theatre in existing pedagogical articles. Ultimately, the aim of this article is to help instructors to refine established, or develop new approaches to teaching with mediated theatre. In particular, where it seems relevant and helpful for students, I hope that this survey can help instructors to design courses that are not only informed by the now established discourse of performance criticism but also by specific questions and topics in mediated theatre studies.

Author Biography

  • Jessica L. Winston, Idaho State University

    Jessica Winston is Professor of English at Idaho State University. She is the author of Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1572 (Oxford University Press 2016) and co-editor, with James Ker, of Elizabethan Seneca: Three Tragedies (Modern Humanities Research Association 2012). Her current research focuses on English Renaissance Drama in twentieth- and twenty-first century performance.