Director: Joe Falocco, PhD

Joe Falocco is an Associate Professor of English at Texas State University. His scholarship and creative activity have consistently focused on the early modern theatrical conventions which are the topic of this seminar. He holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in Performance from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Dr. Falocco is the author of Reimagining Shakespeare’s Playhouse: Early Modern Staging Conventions in the Twentieth Century (Boydell and Brewer, 2010). This book grew out of his dissertation research (directed by Russ McDonald), and traces efforts since the late nineteenth century to recreate the staging conditions under which Shakespeare’s plays were first performed (a movement sometimes referred to as “Original Practice”). Dr. Falocco has also published articles in several leading journals including Shakespeare Bulletin and Upstart Crow. His essay, “Tommaso Salvini’s Othello and Racial Identity in Late Nineteenth-Century America” (New England Theatre Journal, 2012) won the American Theatre and Drama Society’s 2012 Vera Mowry Roberts Outstanding Essay Award. Dr. Falocco is a member of Actors’ Equity and has worked for the Charlotte, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals. He has also performed for the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern and spent a year on tour with the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express. Dr. Falocco recently directed Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III at the Curtain Playhouse in Austin, which is the location of this seminar. He has previously staged professional and university productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, and Macbeth. In all of his directorial efforts, Dr. Falocco strives to recreate the early modern staging conventions which are the main focus of this seminar.

Visiting Faculty: Toby Minor

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Toby Minor is a Certified Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and an instructor of Stage Combat at Texas State University. He is the preeminent professional fight choreographer in the greater Austin area, having staged combat for Austin Shakespeare, the Zach Theatre, and many other Equity and non-Equity companies. He has extensively studied the combat styles of the early modern period, and will demonstrate to seminar participants how the fights in Shakespeare’s plays were originally staged (within the limits of historical knowledge).