Danielle Rosvally

Danielle Rosvally.

Danielle Rosvally

Danielle Rosvally

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  • PhD, Tufts University
  • MA, Rutgers University
  • BA, New York University


Danielle Rosvally is a clinical assistant professor of theatre. She holds a PhD from Tufts University where she studied in the department of dance and drama. Her research involves the intersection between nineteenth century American businessmen, economy, and William Shakespeare as an examination of theatrical business and American theatre performance. Her work has a heavy digital bent, using digital methodologies to examine and explore historical phenomena as well as examining digital media itself.

As an actor, Danielle has trained with the American Globe Theatre, The Actor’s Institute, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare & Company. She is also a professionally-trained fight director with over ten years of experience in the industry, having spent the last several years choreographing violence for Boston theatres.

Danielle’s work has recently been seen in print in The Fight Master magazine (Reading Romeo: A Research Guide to Romeo and Juliet); Shaping Shakespeare for Performance: The Bear Stage (“Off With His Head! (so much for Hewlett/Brown)”; Eds. Sid Ray and Catherine Loomis, Farleigh Dickinson University Press); and The Shakespeare User: Critical and Creative Appropriations in a Networked Culture (“The Haunted Network: Shakespeare’s Digital Ghost”; Eds. Louise Geddes and Valerie Fazel; Palgrave).  She works 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.

Current Research

Peer-reviewed Articles:

    “Coding the Baumfylde.”  Article.  Early Modern Studies Journal. Forthcoming.

    “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.

    “One Summer; Three Hamlets: A Practical Guide to Flow Fight Direction.”  Article. Theatre Topics.  March, 2018.

Book chapters:

    “The Haunted Network: Shakespeare’s Digital Ghost.” Book Chapter.  Eds. Louise Geddes and Valerie Fazel.  Palgrave MacMillan. 2017.


    Review: MIT Shakespeare.
Article. Early Modern Digital ReviewForthcoming.

Public Humanities:

    “The Parking Lot Rule: Theatre Criticism in Practice.” Article, HowlRound.  July 14, 2019https://howlround.com/basics-theatre-criticism

    “Coding Elizabeth’s Court: A Digital Experiment.” Blog Post with Meaghan J. Brown, The Collation: Research and Exploration at the Folger. November 15, 2018.  https://collation.folger.edu/2018/11/coding-elizabeths-court/

    “Reading Romeo: A Research Guide to Romeo and Juliet.” Article, The Fight Master.  Spring, 2016.

Conference Presentations:

    2019 American Society for Theatre Research, Annual Conference.
Practice session leader: "Taking Care of our Audiences: The Ethics of Staging Violence.”

    2019 American Society for Theatre Research, Annual Conference.
Leading Activity Group: Field Trip to the Folger

    2019 Blackfriars Conference, Semi-Annual Conference. 
Leading the Roundtable: “Them’s Fighting Words: The Language of Violence in Shakespeare.”

    2019 Shakespeare Association of America, Annual Conference.
Workgroup: Editing

    2018 American Society for Theatre Research, Annual Conference
“My Sword-master’s Teacher; a Cultural History of the Society of American Fight Directors”

    2017 Shakespeare Association of America, Annual Conference
Workshop: Transcribing and Interpreting Digital Recipe Manuscripts

    2017 Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Annual Conference
Round Table: What Comes Next

    2017 Shakespeare Association of America, Annual Conference
Workshop: Shakespeare by the Numbers

Invited Talks and Institutes:

    “Codathons and UB: Coding Elizabeth’s Court.”
Talk served as part of The University at Buffalo Digital Dialogues series.  This talk explored my work with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the process of bringing it to UB via a Codathon co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the University at Buffalo.
Talk on April 30, 2019

    “Roman Violence, Contemporary Voices”
This talk was delivered to the University at Buffalo’s Early Modern Research Group and the Humanities Institute about my work choreographing UB’s production of Julius Caesar.
Talk on February 6, 2019

    Talkback Enrichment to Julius Caesar
Organized talkback enrichment program as an addendum to Julius Caesar featuring an interdisciplinary panel of professors including CLIR fellow Rachel Starry, Professor Barbara Bono of English and Gender Studies, and UB Distinguished Professor Jim Campbell of Political Science as well as student dramaturges.
Talkback took place on March 1, 2019

    “Shakespeare in Nineteenth Century America”
This talk was delivered by invitation to the Pawling Shakespeare Club, one of America’s oldest continually meeting private Shakespeare reading groups.
Talk on November 23, 2018

    “Shakespeare in Central Park: Public Statuary”
This talk was given to New York City park rangers as a training session to help further public outreach and education efforts around central park’s drives, statues, and especially the statue of Shakespeare in Central Park.
Talk on November 1, 2018


    Digital Rough Magic: Advancing the Miranda Digital Asset Platform
Folger Shakespeare Library Institute
September, 2018

Consulting Activities:

    Folger Shakespeare Library
Project Coordinator, October 2013 – present
Projects assisted: EMMO Project Narrative, BardMetrics, Elizabethan Court Day-by-Day, Bibliographic Data Initiative

    Theatre and Performance Studies Ph.D. Placement Project
Data Consultant, May 2018 – present
Served as data and visualization consultant for project with Noe Montez, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies at Tufts University.
Project entails collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data relating to the placement of Theatre and Performance Studies Ph.D.s on the job market; both academic and alt-ac.

    Choice Reviews
Book Reviewer, July 2017 – present
Reviews academic volumes for inclusion in library collections as well as course materials.
Choice is a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Service to the Field:

    American Society for Theatre Research Publications Committee
    Associate Electronic Publications Editor
    Appointed January 1, 2018

Service to the Institution:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee
Volunteered to be part of a committee tasked with improving EDI initiatives within the department.
Fall 2019

Department Disclaimer Taskforce
Volunteered to be part of a task force to update the Department of Theatre and Dance mandatory syllabus disclaimer language.
Spring 2019

Coding Elizabeth’s Court
Organized Codathon event co-sponsored by the English Department, Experiential Learning Network, Techne, and the Folger Shakespeare library.  Through this event, students were taught by Folger staff how to code using XML interfaces and have immediate experiential learning opportunities utilizing the Elizabethan Court Day by Day.
Event took place on October 18 and 19, 2018

UBTalks at the Ring of Knowledge
Organized a performance opportunity for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 UBTalks classes to give public speaking presentations at the Ring of Knowledge space at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
December 10, 2017 and May 7, 2018

Fight Direction:

    Julius Caesar, University at Buffalo, March 2019

    45 Plays for 45 Presidents, University at Buffalo, November 2018

Awards and Fellowships:

    2019 American Society for Theatre Research Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads

    2018 United University Professionals Individual Development Grant

    2017 Contingent Faculty Grant, Shakespeare Association of America