Sarah Werner, cv

Below is a brief version of my c.v.; a full version is available at


  • Digital Media Strategist, Folger Shakespeare Library (2013-15 )
  • Undergraduate Program Director (2006-13) and Scholarly Outreach Coordinator (2011-13), Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Associate Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2009-14
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, Georgetown University, 2003-04


  • Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • B.A. cum laude, English, Bryn Mawr College, 1990


long (monographs, collections, editions):

medium (journal articles, book chapters):

  • Othello and Theatrical Language.” Shakespeare’s World of Words, ed Paul Yachnin. Arden Shakespeare. Forthcoming 2015.
  • “Bringing Undergraduates into the Archive.” Teaching in the Archives, eds Heidi Brayman Hackel and Ian Moulton. MLA Options for Teaching. New York: Modern Language Association, 2014. 15-21.
  • Digital Scholarship and Digital Studies: The State of the Discipline.” Co-written with Matthew Kirschenbaum. Book History. 17 (2014) 406-458; DOI: 10.1353/bh.2014.0005.
  • Where Material Book Culture Meets Digital Humanities.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1:3 (Summer 2012).
  • Audiences.” Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre, eds Stuart Hampton-Reeves and Bridget Escolme. Basingstoke, Hamps.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 165-89.
  • “Arming Cordelia: Character and Performance.” Shakespeare and Character: Theory, History, Performance, and Theatrical Persons, eds Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 232-49.
  • “Firk and Foot: The Boy Actor in Henry V.” Shakespeare Bulletin 21:4 (Winter 2003): 19-27.

other writing:

work in progress:

  • A Handbook for Studying Early Printed Books, 1450-1800, Wiley Blackwell.
  • “Digital Performance: Archives, Apps, Editions,” The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance, ed. James C. Bulman.
  • “Digital First Folios,” The Cambridge Companion to the First Folio, ed. Emma Smith.




  • “Fragmenting Shakespeare.” Modern Language Association. Vancouver, January 2015.
  • Multivalent Print, or, Learning to Love Ambiguity in Three Easy Lessons.” Modern Language Association. Boston, January 2013.
  • Make Your Own Luck.” Modern Language Association. Boston, January 2013. (See The Chronicle of Higher Education’s coverage of this panel)
  • “The Pitfalls of Performance Space.” The Fifth Blackfriars Conference. Staunton, Virginia, October 2009.
  • “Staging Women Warriors.” The Third Blackfriars Conference. Staunton, Virginia, October 2005.

Seminar, workshop, or panel organizer:

  • “Alt-Ac Work and Gender: It’s Not Plan B.” Modern Language Association. Chicago, January 2014.
  • Non-Shakespearean Drama and Performance.” Co-director with Pascale Aebsicher. Shakespeare  Association of America. Boston, April 2012.
  • Old Books and New Tools.” Modern Language Association. Seattle, January 2012.
  • “Teaching Print Culture: a roundtable discussion.” Rethinking Early Modern Print Culture. Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. Toronto, October 2010.
  • “Editing in Action.” Workshop organizer. Renaissance Drama in Action. Toronto, November 2006.


History of the Book:

  • Books and Early Modern Culture: an advanced undergraduate level seminar drawing on book history and early modern rare materials taught at the Folger Shakespeare Library to students primarily from The George Washington University and Georgetown University (fall and spring semesters from Fall 2007 through Spring 2013; Spring 2014)


  • Introductory level courses organized by genre; Georgetown (Fall 2003), George Mason University (Spring 2002, Fall 2001), and the University of Pennsylvania (Fall 1997, Fall 1996)
  • The Gender of Shakespeare: an advanced level seminar on Shakespeare and gender and cultural studies; McGill University (Spring 1999)

Early modern drama and literature:

  • Studying Renaissance Drama and Performance: a graduate level seminar on theories and practices of performance as explored through Renaissance plays; GW (Spring 2010)
  • Renaissance Drama and Performance Criticism: an undergraduate advanced level seminar; Georgetown (Spring 2004)
  • Introduction to Early Modern Theatre: an introductory level course on non-Shakespeare Renaissance drama; Georgetown (Fall 2003)


  • Executive Committee, Shakespeare division, Modern Language Association, 2014-
  • New Variorum Shakespeare Committee, Modern Language Association, 2012-
  • Program Planning Committee, Shakespeare Association of America, 2012-2013
  • SHARP Futures Committee, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, 2012-2013
  • Rare Book School courses: “Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description,” Summer 2012; “Teaching the History of the Book,” Summer 2007
  • Folger Institute programs: “Making Paradise Lost,” Spring 2011; “Early Modern English Paleography,” Fall 2007; “Remembering Theatre,” Spring 2006
  • Manuscript reviewer for Shakespeare QuarterlyTheatre Journal, Shakespeare Bulletin, Wiley-Blackwell Press, Boydell & Brewer, Northwestern University Press