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Laura Grace Godwin

Honors Program - Department of Theater and Dance


Laura Godwin

Associate Professor

Ferguson Ctr A121
(757) 594-9171
laura.godwin@cnu.edu

Education

  • Ph D in Theatre History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA in Theatre History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching

• Theatre History
• Shakespeare
• Dramatic Literature
• Theory/Criticism
• Dramaturgy
• Arts Administration

Research

• Christopher Marlowe
• Early Modern English Drama in Performance
• Theatrical Reviews & Reviewing Culture
• Bibliography & Publishing History
• Dramaturgy
• Theatre Pedagogy

Biography

Dr. Godwin holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon (University of Birmingham, U.K.), & Ball State University. She has taught at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois & at New Mexico State University. In addition to her work teaching theatre history & arts administration at CNU, she spends summers in London teaching Shakespeare for MSU-Texas' British Studies program.

Dr. Godwin's scholarship & practice focus on Early Modern English plays in contemporary performance. She is a regular & featured scholarly reviewer for SHAKESPEARE BULLETIN & has published chapters with Palgrave-Macmillan as well as with the MLA. Her work has been presented at the Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, the Marlowe Society of America International Conference, the Shakespeare Association of America International Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference Theatre Symposium, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the SCAENA Conference, the Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association National Conference, & the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, & Gender Annual Conference.

As a practitioner, Dr. Godwin has extensive experience in direction, dramaturgy, & stage management. She is a member of Twenty-First Century Chorus, a London-based theatre company that creates new work by drawing on the practices and ideologies of the classical chorus. Recently, Dr. Godwin co-directed Shakespeare's COMEDY OF ERRORS & "A Virginia Company," a repertory of Aphra Behn's THE WIDOW RANTER & Robert Munford's THE CANDIDATES, for TheaterCNU.

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2022). "What we know must be": Undergraduate Research in an Online Shakespeare Course. Stylus Publishing.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Basquiat Cases: HAMLET, DOCTOR FAUSTUS, and THE ALCHEMIST by The Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 35. Issue, 4. Pages, 675-686.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). Review of THE JEW OF MALTA and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by The Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 34. Issue, 3. Pages, 511 - 520.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2015). Review of THE ROARING GIRL, ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM, and THE WHITE DEVIL by The Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 33. Issue, 2. Pages, 433 - 445.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2014). Review of HENRY VI PARTS 1, 2, and 3 at Shakespeare's Globe. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 32. Issue, 3. Pages, 483 - 493.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2013). Reversing the Polarity: Teaching Textual Practices through THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Modern Language Association. Pages, 76 - 83.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2013). Fishing at the Swan: Swan Theatre Plays and the Shaping of an Interpretive Community. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2013). Review of TIMON OF ATHENS/HENRY V. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 31. Issue, 1. Pages, 141 - 152.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2012). Review of DOCTOR FAUSTUS/THE CITY MADAM. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 30. Issue, 2. Pages, 221 - 231.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2011). Review of HENRY IV, PART 1 AND HENRY IV, PART 2. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 29. Issue, 1. Pages, 102 - 111.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2009). "There is Nothin' like a Dame": Marlowe's Helen of Troy at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Johns Hopkins UP. Volume, 27. Issue, 1. Pages, 69 - 79.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2009). Review of EDWARD II/TAMBURLAINE. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 27. Issue, 1. Pages, 122 - 131.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2008). "Revenge Backwards, and in Heels": HAMLET and THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY in England, Summer 2008.. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 26. Issue, 4. Pages, 155 - 131.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2008). Review of "The Glorious Moment: The Histories." Rev. of RICHARD II, 1 HENRY IV, 2 HENRY IV, HENRY V, 1 HENRY VI, 2 HENRY VI, 3 HENRY VI, and RICHARD III. Theatre Journal/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 60. Issue, 3. Pages, 484 - 489.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2008). The False Proscenium: KEAN, MACBETH, and MACBETT in England, Summer 2007. Shakespeare Bulletin/Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 26. Issue, 2. Pages, 174 - 182.
  • Other
    "BRUNDIBAR/TRIAL OF GOD". OperaCNU/TheaterCNU. Ferguson Center Peebles Theatree. Newport News, VA, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "COMEDY OF ERRORS". TheaterCNU. Studio Theater. Newport News, VA, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "A Virginia Company: Two Historical Plays in Repertory (Aphra Behn's THE WIDOW RANTER and Robert Munford's THE CANDIDATES)". TheaterCNU. Ferguson Center Studio Theatre. Newport News, VA.
  • Other
    "MY CASE IS ALTERED". Twenty-First Century Chorus. M. Lee Pelton Theatre. Willamette, Oregon, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "TAMING OF THE SHREW". American Southwest Theatre Company. Hershel Zohn Theatre. Las Cruces, NM, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM". Parkland College Theatre. Parkland College Theatre. Champaign, IL, USA.
  • Theatre - Direct play
    "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM". The Shakespeare Institute Players. The Shakespeare Institute. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.
  • Laura Godwin, Ben Long, Noah Long, Colleen Pechin, Northeast Modern Language Association 53rd Annual Conference, ""Fixing our Eyes on Whom our Care was Fix'd": Pandemic as Catalyst to Care in COMEDY OF ERRORS," Baltimore, MD. (2022)
  • Laura Godwin, Ben Long, Noah Long, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender 44th Annual Conference, "'My Two Ears Can Witness': COMEDY OF ERRORS, Feminist Pedagogy, and the Rehearsal Room," Norfolk, VA. (2021)
  • Laura Godwin, Southeastern Theatre Conference Theatre Symposium, "'Then to Work with your Politicks': Using Plays from the Past to Shape the Political Present in TheaterCNU's 'A Virginia Co," Virtual Conference. (2021)
  • Laura Godwin, 41st Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference, ""The Product of Virginian Ground": Actor, Character, and Audience Identity as Catalyst in TheaterCNU's "A Virginia Company"," Chicago, IL, USA. (2020)
  • Julian Stetkevych, Kathleen Jaremski, Laura Godwin, Ann Mazzocca, 2018 Global Status of Women and Girls Conference, "Directing Antigone: Process of Protest," Newport News, VA, USA. (2018)
  • Laura Godwin, Marlowe Society of America Seventh International Conference, "'Strangers that do inhabit this land': Rendering the Other in TAMBERLAINE on Stage," Staunton, VA. (2013)
  • Laura Godwin, Shakespeare Association of America 40th Annual Meeting, "Marlowe our Contemporary: Redux," Boston, MA. (2012)
  • Laura Godwin, Marlowe Society of America Sixth International Conference, ""There is Nothin' like a dame": Marlowe’s Helen of Troy at the Royal Shakespeare Company," Cambridge, England. (2008)
  • Laura Godwin, Third International SCAENA Conference, ""sit tight and think of Orton": Author-izing a Farcical Tragedy of the Rich JEW OF MALTA at the Royal Shakespeare Company," Cambridge, England. (2008)
  • Laura Godwin, Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, ""the critical aspect of my terrible countenance": Christopher Marlowe’s Reputation with the "Critical Mass'"," Chicago, Illinois. (2007)
  • Laura Godwin, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, "TAMBURLAINE the Great[est Show on Earth]: Marlowe’s TAMBURLAINE as Circus at the Royal Shakespeare Company," Boston, Massachusetts. (2007)
  • Laura Godwin, Marlowe Society of America Fifth International Conference, "Marlovian Spaces," Cambridge, England. (2003)
  • Laura Godwin, Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference, ""It’s Going to be Naughty": Authorizing EDWARD II at the Royal Shakespeare Company," Victoria, British Columbia. (2003)
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