Dr. Danielle Rosvally researches Shakespeare as an artifact of popular culture. Her work touches upon the intersections between capitalism, theatre, performance, and popular entertainment. She is also a fight director and folds critical examinations of violence into her research as often as possible.
Dr. Rosvally’s monograph explores how nineteenth-century businesspeople in New York City bought and sold Shakespeare as a commodity, and how these acts of commerce reflected social values. The book, Theatres of Value: Buying and Selling Shakespeare in Nineteenth-Century New York City examines the ways the businesspeople drafted value in conjunction with Shakespeare over the course of the nineteenth century. Her work has a heavy digital bent, using digital methodologies to examine and explore historical phenomena as well as examining digital media itself. Her next book project (Yassified Shakespeare: Gender Performance and Critical Shax-Drag) examines drag performance, Shakespearean personification, popular culture, and digital avatars of self. In You can find Yassified Shakespeare on the web and on TikTok (@YassifiedShax). Dr. Rosvally is the co-editor of Early Modern Liveness: Immediacy and Presence in Text, Stage, and Screen (Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2023). She is also co-editor of the Fall 2024 issue of Shakespeare.
As an actor, Dr. Rosvally has trained with the American Globe Theatre, The Actor’s Institute, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare & Company. As a fight director, Dr. Rosvally has over twenty years of experience in the industry.
Dr. Rosvally’s work has recently been seen in print in Studies in Musical Theatre, Shakespeare Bulletin, Borrowers and Lenders, Early Modern Studies Journal, Theatre Topics, and The Fight Master magazine. She has worked as project coordinator with the Folger Shakespeare Library, assisting the digital division with projects such as Folgerpedia, Early Modern Manuscripts Online, BardMetrics, and the Elizabethan Court Day by Day.
Value and Worth: Buying and Selling Shakespeare in Nineteenth-Century New York City (SUNY Press, July 2024)
Early Modern Liveness: Immediacy and Presence in Text, Stage, and Screen. Co-edited with Donovan Sherman. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2023.
Books Under Development
Yassified Shakespeare: Gender Performance and Critical Shax-Drag.
Shakespeare as Keystone Species: Contingencies of Labor, Marginalization, and Early Modern Studies. Shakespeare. Forthcoming.
Aggressively Millennial: A Dialogue on & Juliet, Co-authored with Trevor Boffone. Studies in Musical Theatre. Volume 17, Number 1: April 2023.
“Everyone in Illyria is Bi you Absolute Cowards”: Shakespeare TikTok, Twelfth Night, and the Search for a Queer Utopia. Co-authored with Trevor Boffone. Shakespeare Bulletin. Volume 40, Issue 4, Winter 2022.
“Sifting and Sorting: An Introduction to Database Methods and Pedagogy using Humanist Texts.” Early Modern Studies Journal. Volume 7: 2021.
“What Comes Next? Graduate Education and Contingent Labor in Theatre and Performance Studies.” Co-authored with Heather Nathans, Jonathan Lee Chambers, Beth Osborne, Eero Laine, Diana Looser, Katherine Lieder, and Kristen Wright. Article. Theatre Topics. July, 2019.
“Yassified Shakespeare: The Case for TikTok as Applied Theatre.” Co-authored with Trevor Boffone. Applied Theatre and Gender Justice, Eds. Lisa Brenner and Evelyn Diaz Cruz. Routledge, 2024.
“Stage Combats: Expectations, Illusions, and Quiescent Danger.” Eds. Eero Laine and Broderick Chow, Sports Plays. Routledge. 2021.
Shakespeare. Special issue: "Inessential Shakespeares: Contingency, Necessity, and Marginalization in Early Modern Drama." Co-editor with Sarah Neville. Fall 2024.
Public Humanities and Unrefereed Academic Publications
Review: Antiracist Shakespeare. Theatre History Studies. Forthcoming.
Yassified Shakespeare. Co-authored with Trevor Boffone. Borrowers and Lenders: 10.1 September, 2023.
Challenging “Certification”: Revising Best Hiring Practices in Fight and Intimacy Choreography, Co-authored with Kate Busselle. Article, HowlRound. October 17, 2022. https://howlround.com/challenging-certification-revising-hiring-practices-fight-and-intimacy-choreography
Review: MIT Shakespeare. Early Modern Digital Review: 2.3 December, 2019.
“The Parking Lot Rule: Theatre Criticism in Practice.” Article, HowlRound. July 14, 2019. https://howlround.com/basics-theatre-criticism