Meet the R/18 Collective

Meet the R/18 Collective

A New PICT Webinar
With Misty G. Anderson, Kristina Straub, and David Taylor
May 13, 2022 | 2pm ET live on YouTube


The R/18 Collective is a group of international scholars committed to dramaturgical knowledge in the service of theatre makers and other researchers, who believe the theatrical repertoire from the 1660s to the 1830s provides insights into the deep histories of race, gender, sexuality, ability, nation, and capital that continue to shape anglophone culture and the world. Misty G. Anderson and Kristina Straub rejoin the PICT webinars to introduce us to the exciting and important work they are doing in the field of classic theatre! Joining them will be colleague David Taylor and Associate Producer Sharon McCune.

Misty G. Anderson

Misty G. Anderson is the James R. Cox Professor of English and holds courtesy appointments in both the Theatre and Religious Studies departments at the University of Tennessee. Anderson is the author of Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, and the Borders of the Self (Johns Hopkins, 2012) and Female Playwrights and Eighteenth-Century Comedy: Negotiating Marriage on the London Stage (Palgrave, 2002), as well as numerous articles on eighteenth-century theatre, women writers, and comedy. She is co-editor of the Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama vols. 1 and 2 (2017 and 2019), along with Danny O’Quinn and Kristina Straub, and she is at work on a third monograph, God on Stage. She is one of the founders of the R/18 Collective, which supports professional productions of plays from 1660-1800 that provide the geneaologies of race, gender, sex, capital, and environmental impact shaping our present.

Kristina Straub

Kristina Straub is Professor Emerita of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University where she taught eighteenth-century British studies, theatre and performance studies, gender studies, and sexuality studies. She is the author of Divided Fictions: Fanny Burney and Feminine Strategy (Kentucky University Press, 1988), Sexual Suspects: Eighteenth-Century Players and Sexual Ideology (Princeton, 1991), and Domestic Affairs: Intimacy, Eroticism, and Violence Between Servants and Masters in Eighteenth Century Britain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), as well as numerous articles on eighteenth-century theatre, sexuality, and gender. She has just published an essay on eighteenth-century adaptations of The Tempest for Borrowers and Lenders and an essay on censorship and the eighteenth-century London entertainment industry to be included in The Censorship of the British Theatre for Cambridge University Press. She co-curated “Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and Literary Celebrity” at the Folger Shakespeare Library with Janine Barchas, and has co-edited two new anthologies of eighteenth-century drama with Misty Anderson and Daniel O’Quinn for Routledge Press. She just finished co-editing with Nora Nachumi Making Stars: Biography and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Britain, a collection of essays on the relationship between celebrity and biography in the eighteenth century. Her current scholarly project, a book entitled “Public Knowledge and the Problem of Inclusion in Eighteenth-Century British Commercial Entertainment” examines archival evidence of how theatre and other forms of popular entertainment contributed to modern ideas of public knowledge.

David Taylor

David Taylor is an Associate Professor at Oxford University and a fellow of St. Hugh’s College. He is author of Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan and The Politics of Parody: A Literary History of Caricature, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre, 1737-1832.