Claim your seat before registration closes

Register by 25 June through Oxford University Stores.

We’re less than a month away from Digitizing the Stage 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited. As we get closer, we will be closing registration on 25 June 2019.

If you’ve been waiting to register, now’s the moment! If you have any questions for the organizers, send them to

Sign up now for your seat at DTS2019

We’re just about two months from the opening day of Digitizing the Stage 2019. Have you reserved your seat?

  • Take the Pre-Conference Workshop, a mini-bootcamp where you’ll learn tools for working through common challenges to digital projects.
  • Participate in three days of rich and dynamic talks about different ways of digital engagements with the early modern theatre archive, from encoded text to archive, from stage performance to virtual reality.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Divinity School, Bodleian Libraries, during the opening reception, and celebrate the conference’s proceedings with the official dinner at the White Hart Pub, Wytham.

We’re so looking forward to the conference, and hope you can join us for this very special week. You can register now through Oxford University Stores.

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Conference Registration and Program Now Available

We are delighted to share that the DTS2019 conference program and registration are now available to the public.

Registration is now available through Oxford University Stores. Reserve your place now.

The conference program lists the preliminary schedule for July, including sessions, titles and speakers. These are subject to change as we get closer to the final event. Abstracts are available for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The Pre-Conference Workshop description has been published, a hands-on digital projects bootcamp on Monday, July 15, with 20 seats available.

We have begun to add speaker bios to the website and will continue doing so over the next few weeks.

And we have updated our Travel & Accommodation information, with two blocks of hotel rooms reserved and further hotel information provided.

Announcing the DTS 2019 Plenaries

We are delighted to announce the following three plenaries for Digitizing the Stage 2019. Our plenary speakers will bring a depth of experience, energy, and vision to the conference.

Tuesday, July 16: Cristina Dondi (Professor of Early European Book Heritage in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, and Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities at Lincoln College, Oxford)

Wednesday, July 17: Ramona Riedzewski (Head of Collections Management, Department of Theatre and Performance, Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Thursday, July 18: A Conversation with Richard Ovenden (Bodley’s Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford), Tiffany Stern (Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), and H.R. Woudhuysen FBA (Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford), moderated by Eric M. Johnson (Director of Digital Access, Folger Shakespeare Library)

More information about our plenaries, the full conference program, and registration will be forthcoming in March.

In the meanwhile, many thanks are due to those who have submitted proposals for DTS 2019. We are reviewing them now, and will notify accepted speakers no later than February 22.

Call for Proposals 2019 Now Open

The call for proposals for the 2019 Digitizing the Stage conference is now open. We look forward to reading proposals on a number of themes and topics relating to digital exploration and early modern drama.

The deadline for submissions is January 21, 2019. Accepted speakers will be notified no later than February 22, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the proposal submission and acceptance process, please contact


Save the Date: DTS 2019

We are delighted to announce that Digitizing the Stage will be returning to the University of Oxford in summer 2019. The successful inaugural conference in 2017 brought together dozens of participants from around the world for a lively and multidisciplinary series of talks and presentations on digital engagements with the early modern theatre archive. In 2019, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries, will be hosting a four-day event from 15-18 July 2019.


Digitizing the Stage will mark the concluding phase of the Folger’s project to build a new digital asset platform, called Miranda, which is made possible through generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The conference sessions will be in the Bodleian’s Weston Library, with other events held in memorable locations elsewhere in Oxford.

This program of talks, presentations, and demonstrations will highlight digital explorations of the early modern stage, with a particular emphasis on performance. We will begin with a pre-conference workshop on 15 July, followed by three days of single-stream programming. The call for proposals will be published by November 2018, followed by registration opening in early 2019.

We anticipate offering a discounted rate for students, early career researchers (ECRs) and unwaged participants, as well as a limited number of tuition and UK travel bursaries. Registration for the three full days of the conference will be capped at no more than 100 seats, with the pre-conference workshop expected to seat no more than 25 participants.

Sign up below to receive updates on the call for proposals and registration information. For questions regarding these or any other matter, please contact


Many thanks

Digitizing the Stage: Rethinking the Early Modern Theatre Archive took place on 10-12 July 2017, just about a month ago. On behalf of the organizers, I would like to thank all the participants who made it a fascinating, convivial, and productive event. For those interested in learning more, we used the Twitter hashtag #DTStage during conference proceedings.

If you have any questions, would like to suggest a follow-up action or activity, or want to be informed about future events, please don’t hesitate to send a line to

Till next time.

One week to go!

We’re looking forward to Digitizing the Stage beginning a week from today at the Weston Library, Oxford.

  • Speaker bios are now available online (with more forthcoming throughout the week.)
  • We’ve also published a list of lunch suggestions for eateries within a 5-minute walk of the Weston.
  • If you’re on Twitter, follow the conversation leading up to and during the conference at #DTStage.

If you have any questions about the conference, don’t hesitate to email

Conference program now available

Registration is open for Digitizing the Stage until 2 June.

The conference program is now available. We’re delighted to hear from researchers and practitioners investigating the challenges and opportunities inherent in digital explorations of the stage archive, and from those working on initiatives such as the Rose Revealed project, Digital Blackfriars, the AusStage database, the NUI-Galway and Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, the Early Modern English Drama project, the Database of Early Modern Extracts (DEx), the Collection of Theatre Architecture, the Reception & Circulation of Early Modern Women Writers project (RECIRC), to name but a few.

Please note that like all digital projects, the program is subject to iterative adjustment and some timings may change prior to 10 July. We expect to add several talks and abstracts as speakers finalize titles and confirm their availability. Most sessions include time for questions and discussion. All events will take place in the Weston Library unless otherwise noted. If you’d like to learn more about the talks, consult the current list of abstracts. Any questions or comments may be directed to Gabrielle Linnell at

Monday, July 10

9AM Registration opens

10AM Welcome and conference information | Eric Johnson and Pip Willcox

10:20AM Opening Keynote | Tiffany Stern

11:20AM Coffee and tea break

11:40AM Staging unknown quantities: explorations in the digital archive

Bed, blood and beyond: A quantitative analysis of early modern stage props | Brett Greatley-Hirsch

Women and the early modern stage: Reception, circulation, performance | Erin McCarthy

Shakespeare’s purchase of Blackfriars Gatehouse 1613: A digital analysis | Alan H. Nelson

1PM Lunch break

2PM Flash of genius: lightning talks from the digital archive

The “Rose Revealed” project | Johanna Schmitz

The Folger’s digital asset platform | Stacey Redick

Modeling Early Modern Textual Environments: Digital Archives and the Bookshops in Paul’s Cross Churchyard Mary Erica Zimmer

“Give me ocular proof”: Digital theatre archives and the early modern at NUI Galway| Barry Houlihan

3PM Coffee and tea break

3:20PM Reimagining the stage: audiovisual experiments

Upon the platform(s) where we watch: Digital multimedia Shakespeare editions| Noam Lior

A Midsummer’s Night’s sonification: Sonic analysis of a community using A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Iain Emsley

Digital Blackfriars: A multimedia experiment | Kirk Quinsland and Rebecca Rouse

4:55PM Adjournment

6PM Opening reception at the Old Divinity School, with tours of the Old Bodleian Library available

Tuesday, July 11

9AM Coffee and tea available

9:30AM Exit, pursued by a database: developing the archive

Opening the Archives: DEx, a Database of Dramatic Extracts | Beatrice Montedoro

The digital theatre archive: Making the most of material for research and teaching | Claudine Nightingale

Collection of Theatre Architecture, TU Berlin | Franziska Ritter

Seeing is Believing: The AusStage Database and the development of visualisation tools | Julian Meyrick

11:10 Coffee, tea

11:30AM Reimagining Performance 

Performance as research: Research as performance | Christie Carson

Reimagining performance | Sarah Ellis

12:30PM Lunch break

1:45PM Strange capers: experiments with the archive

200 Years of the Russian Stage: Establishing a TEI-encoded corpus to gain insights into the structural evolution of drama | Irina Pavlova

What we digitize when we digitize the stage | Ivan Lupić

“Not just a pretty picture”: Digitization as a catalytic instrument in the research of early modern theatre and performance | Ildiko Solti

3:15PM Coffee and tea break

3:30PM Tracing the stage: between text and tech

Genealogies of the text: digital provenance and early modern drama | Meaghan Brown

Early modern dramatic paratexts in print and digital archives | Sonia Massai and Heidi Craig

4.30PM Adjournment

7PM Conference dinner at the Cherwell Boathouse (Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST)

Wednesday, July 12

9AM Coffee and tea available

9:30AM Digitizing the Bard: Reimagining the Shakespeare Archive with talks by Pip Willcox, Victoria Lane, and Eric Johnson

11AM Coffee and tea break

11:15AM The Screen’s the thing: performance multimedia and pedagogy

The MIT Global Shakespeares Merchant module, in 2017 | Diana E. Henderson

Teaching the digitized stage: pedagogy in the archives | Erin Sullivan

12:05PM Break

12:10PM Closing keynote | Michael Dobson