Pre•Amble Scholars

Pre·Amble scholars present free pre-performance lectures that bridge the worlds of scholarship and performance, examining a play in its historical context as well as the interpretive choices made by the director, design team and acting ensemble. Pre·Ambles are held at the Theater an hour before curtain on select Friday evenings, and at many Saturday and Sunday matinees throughout a production’s run. Listen to past recordings, available online in the week following their presentation here at CST.

Stephen Bennett is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department at Roosevelt University, where he teaches courses in writing, the English Renaissance, and literature surveys. He has taught at New York University, Dixie College and the University of Utah. Bennett earned his PhD in English and American Literature at New York University, where he was a Dean's Dissertation Fellow. His dissertation, Reading Elizabeth: Menopause and the Cult of the Virgin Queen, explores how and why representations of Queen Elizabeth I changed at her menopause and at her death. His bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Utah.


Beatrice Bosco, formerly the Associate Director of Education at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, is a Business Development Analyst at Chicago Public Media. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Theatre School at DePaul University and is the former Program Director and Faculty for the Chicago Arts Program. Recent directing projects include work for 2nd Story, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, and Collaboraction, where she is a Company Associate. She earned her PhD in Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, Surviving Collectives, examines the practices of ensemble theater companies.


Regina Buccola is an Associate Professor of English at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she specializes in Shakespeare, non-Shakespearean early modern drama, and Women's and Gender Studies. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Sixteenth-Century Studies and Early Theatre Journal. She is the author of Fairies, Fractious Women and the Old Faith: Fairy Lore in Early Modern British Drama and Culture.She is the co-editor with Peter Kanelos of Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Suiting the Action to the Word, and with Lisa Hopkins co-editor of Marian Moments in Early Modern Drama.


Beth Charlebois is Associate Professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the designated public honors college of the State of Maryland, where she teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Her work, both in the classroom and in print, focuses on performance and interpretation. Professor Charlebois began her work with Chicago Shakespeare's Education Department in 1995 while a graduate student at Northwestern University, where she earned her PhD in English literature in 2000. Her Pre•Amble talk on Antony and Cleopatra in 1999 was the first one of its kind offered by CST, and she has continued to help develop and expand the program since she relocated to Maryland.


Rebecca L. Fall Fall is a doctoral candidate in English at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on nonsensical speech, foolish jokes, and clownish performance in Renaissance English literature, though she teaches and publishes on a wider range of topics, including the history of comedy, gender and sexuality studies, popular culture, and digital scholarship. Her article on Shakespearean editorial history and the manuscript poetry of Lady Mary Wroth will appear in Re-reading Mary Wroth (forthcoming early 2015).


Ira S. Murfin is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre & Drama at Northwestern University, where his research investigates talk as a performance strategy in the new American avant-garde. He also holds degrees in writing from New York University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His critical and scholarly writing has appeared in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction, among other places. Ira is a founding member of the devised theatre collective the Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials, and performance editor for the journal Requited.


Raashi Rastogi is a doctoral candidate in English at Northwestern University. She studies and teaches Shakespeare and the literature of the English Renaissance with an emphasis on classical reception, gender and sexualities studies, and history of the book and media theory. Her research investigates how Renaissance reading practices and writing technologies affected ideas about memory and identity between 1550 and 1700. She is currently a managing editor for the literary journal Renaissance Drama.






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