Curriculum Vita

Dr. Suzanne R. Westfall

Professor and Head
English Department
Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042
Tel: 610-330-5249; Fax:610-330-5606

Curriculum Vita


1984 Ph.D. in Drama, University of Toronto Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama.  Winner of the Clifford Leech Award for outstanding dissertation in English and Drama.  Distinction awards received for Text and Theory, Medieval and Renaissance Drama.

1976  M.A. in Drama, University of Toronto

1975  B.A. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Major: English;  Minor: Drama



Theatrical Patronage in Shakespeare’s England, edited with Paul W. White, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.  Includes my introduction and a chapter entitled “The History and Theory of Patronage Studies.”

Patrons and Performance: Early Tudor Household Revels.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

Essays in books:

“Love in the Contact Zone: Gender Culture and Race in The Merchant of Venice, in Shakespeare’s Comedies of Love, eds. Karen Bamford and Richard Knowles.  University of Toronto Press, 2009.

“Paying the Piper: Gentry Household Theatre,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early
Modern Theatre
, ed. Richard Dutton. Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Patronage” in The Encyclopedia of British Literature, ed. David Scott Kastan.   Oxford University Press, 5 vols. 2009.

“What hath REED wrought?: REED and Patronage” in REED in Review: Essays in Celebration of the First Twenty-Five Years, ed. Sally-Beth MacLean, University of Toronto Press. 2006.

“‘An example of courtesy and liberality’: Great Households and Performance” in The Cambridge History of British Theatre, Vol. 1: Origins to 1660.  Eds. Jane Milling and Peter Thompson.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

“‘The Useless dearness of the Diamond’: Patronage Theatre and Households” in Lancastrian Shakespeare: Region, Religion, Patronage and Performance.  Eds. Richard Dutton and Allison Findley, Lancaster: Lancaster University, 2003.

“‘What revels are in hand?’ Performances in the Great Households of Tudor England,” in A Companion to English Renaissance Drama.  Ed. Arthur Kinney.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.

“‘A commonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling trick’: Household Theatre” in The New History of Early Modern Drama in Honor of David Bevington.   Eds.  David Scott Kastan and John Cox.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Entries on “interlude” and “morality play.” The Princeton Dictionary of Poetry and Poetics.  Ed. Alex Preminger et al.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. 613; 800-01.

“Ping Chong’s Terra In/cognita: Monsters on Stage” in Asian American Literature.   Ed. Shirley Lim and Amy Ling.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.   46-69.

“The Silver Lining in the Mushroom Cloud: Meredith Monk’s Opera/Dance/Theatre.   Modern American Drama: The Female Canon, ed. June Schlueter.  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1993.

Articles in journals:

“The Boy Who Would Be King: Court Revels of King Edward VI, 1547-1553.”
Comparative Drama: 35, no. 3-4 (2001-2002): p. 271-90.

“‘Not Waving but Drowning’: Surfing the Net for Shakespeare” Early Theatre, 5.2:2002.  87-132.

“Mastering the Revels: The Regulation and Censorship of English Renaissance Drama by Richard Dutton” (review) in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, 9:1997:257-60.

“Invading the Cornfield: Ping Chong’s Deshima.”  American Theatre, Jan. 1993:  10-11.

“The Chapel: Theatrical Performances in Early Tudor Great Households.”  English Literary Renaissance 18.2  (1988): 171-193.

“The Backside of Myth: Sam Shepard’s Manipulation of Mythic Structures,” with Steven Putzel.  The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism,  4.1 (1989):  109-124.

“‘The Actors Are Come Hither’: Literary Analogues of Itinerant Player Troupe Procedures,” Theatre Survey, May 1989: 56- 68.

Papers read:

“He’s for a jig or a tale of bawdry”: Non-academic Academic Drama, International Medieval Conference, Kalamazoo MI 2009.

“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: Diet and Design in the Tudor Royal Household, International Medieval Conference, Kalamazoo MI 2007.

” ‘Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner’: Design and Diet in Early Modern Feasts” Group on Early Modern Culture Conference, Orlando 2004.

Dream and Wake: Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Comic Book Versions of Shakespeare”
Shakespeare Association of America, Miami 2001.

“The Boy who would be King: Court Entertainments of Edward VI” International Medieval Conference, Kalamazoo MI, May 2000, Faculty Research Forum, Lafayette College, Sept. 2000.

“‘The Useless Dearness of the Diamond’: Patronage Theatre and Households,” Patronage and Provincial Shakespeare, Leeds University, April 1999.

“Citing Shakespeare in American Popular Culture” Shakespeare Association of America, San Francisco, 1998.

“Casting the Moor or Mooring the Cast: Colour and culture in Othello.” Shakespeare Association of America, Washington D.C. 1997.

“Great Household Drama: Staging Wisdom.”  Medieval Conference, Kalamazoo, MI. 1990.

“Household Stuff: Early Tudor Household Revels.” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Chapel Hill, 1998.

“Not Waving but Drowning’: Surfing the Net with Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Association of America, Cleveland OH, 1998.

“Players on the Road in Early Modern England.” Shakespeare Association of America, Vancouver, B.C. 1991.

“Public Privacy: Wedding Revels in Tudor Noble Households.”  Shakespeare Association of America, Albuquerque, N.M. 1993.

Work in progress

‘Band Ruff and Cuff’: Drolls, Debat, and Academic High Jinks at Cambridge, for the International Medieval Conference 7-10 May 2009. Kalamazoo MI.

‘Since Eve Ate Apples’: Food and Performance in Early Modern England
Based on two papers I have delivered on feasting during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, I am preparing a book-length study of ceremonies, processions, progresses, and entertainments surrounding the service of feasts at the royal and noble courts.  Drawing on anthropological theory and primary sources, I explore not only the types of food served to various constituencies, but also the complex methods of food preparation, purchase, service, and consumption.

I am preparing an edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for simultaneous publication with the Internet Shakespeare Editions, ed. Michael Best, at the University of Victoria ( and Broadview Press.  The electronic edition will include: texts of Folio and quartos; modern text with collation and introduction; notes, commentary, and bibliography; survey of criticism; stage history; discussion of computer analyses of the play; anthology of criticism; glossary; bibliography; chronology of significant events related to the text; links to images of modern productions; and other resources. Corrected draft of folio available on the beta site at

Productions Directed at Lafayette College

2004 Churchill, Far Away
2003 Brecht, Mother Courage
2001 Amiee, A Tempest
2000 Martin, Picasso at the Lapine Agile
1999 Wilder, The Skin of our Teeth
1998 Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1997  Weiss, Marat/Sade
1996  Stoppard, Arcadia
Westfall (adapter), Sophocles, Anouilh, Paulin, Antigone/The Riot Act
1994  Middleton and Rowley, The Changeling
1993  Wertenbaker, Our Country’s Good
1992  Overmeyer, On the Verge
1991  Havel, Temptation;
1991  Professional tour of Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral;
Genet, The Balcony
1990  Shakespeare, Macbeth


Courses taught at Lafayette College since 2000:

2008/09    ENG 339     Revenge and Restoration
Interim        London Theatre
ENG 205     Literary Questions (Spring)
THTR     230    Theatrical Styles: Shakespeare and Brecht (Spring)

2008/09  ENG 205 Literary Questions
ENG 339 Revenge and Restoration Drama

2007/08    ENG 335     Renaissance Drama
ENG 207    Theatre History
ENG 205    Literary Questions

2006/07    ENG 205    Literary Questions

2005/06    ENG 205    Literary Questions
ENG 346    Contemporary Drama
ENG 214     New Media

2004/05    ENG 227    Introduction to Theatre
ENG 345    Modern Drama
ENG 110    College Writing
ENG 214    New Media: The Graphic Novel

2003/04    ENG 205    Literary Questions
ENG 302    Shakespeare
ENG 205    Literary Questions

2002/03    ENG 110    College Writing
ENG 380    Special Topics: Performance Art
ENG 270    Interim: London Theatre
FYS 088:     Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Appeal of Evil
ENG 334    Medieval Drama

2001/02    Spring semester Abroad in London: Acting, Alternative Londons
Interim:     London Theatre
ENG 205    Literary Questions
ENG 336    Revenge and Restoration

2000/01    THTR 215    Acting and Improvisation
Interim        New York Theatre
ENG 335    Renaissance Drama
ENG 110    College Writing
ENG 205    Literary Questions

Independent Study and Honors Students:

2008/09: LeighAnn Does (Honors): The Duchess of Malfi: A Comparison of Spanish and English Versions

2007/08: Jenny Stoller  (INDS) Medieval Literature and Food: The Land of Cockayne

Tyler Cohn (Honors): The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged: Dramaturgy and Performance
Jose Tano (INDS): Structure and Style in Graphic Novels
Emily Becher (INDS): Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling and Modern Women

Sarah Templeton: Acting Far Away (INDS)
Toni Ahrens (Honors): Uncommon Women and Others: Dramaturgy and Performance

Jennifer Carty (Honors) and Nana Opuku (INDS): Lafayette’s Undesirable Elements
Elizabeth Youngkin, Gregory Herchenroether, Keli Whitnel, Amanda Carey, Katherine Rewinkle, and Adrian Fang: Acting Mother Courage (INDS)

Jennifer Engstrom, Women in Renaissance Drama (INDS)

Director: Lafayette Semester Abroad, 1991, 1995, and 2001

Grants & Awards

2008 Excel Grant: Maxwell Minckler
2007 Excel Grant: Maxwell Minckler
2006 ARC Travel Grant
2004 ARC Travel Grant
2001 ARC Grant, Excel Grant: Jennifer Carty
2000 Advanced Research Council Grant


2008/09    Chair, Ad-hoc committee on Education for the Global Environment
Head, English Dept.
Film and Media Studies Advisory
Chair, Search Committee, Department of English
Orientation discussion leader, coach speakers for Convocation
Integrating Computing in the Curriculum (Liew)
Representative, Trustee and Marquis Scholars receptions
Workshop leader, German Expressionism (Prof. Lamb-Feffleberger)
Reader for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Writing Advisor, Lafayette Science Scholars (Prof. Kimber)

2007/08    Teaching and Learning (chair)
Head, English Dept.
Film and Media Studies Advisory
Orientation Planning Committee/discussion leader
Lafayette Representative for Imagining America Conference
Chair, Search Committee, Department of English
Workshop leader, German Romantic Theatre (Prof. Lamb-Feffleberger)
Theatre Presentation, Development Office
Theatre Open House (admissions)
Representative, Trustee and Marquis Scholars receptions
“Coffee and Books: The DaVinci Code”
Margaret Ahart reading organizer (Armenian Genocide)
Reader for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

2006/07    Head, English Dept.
Orientation Planning Committee/discussion leader
Representative, Trustee and Marquis Scholars receptions
Reader for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

2005/06    Teaching and Learning
Committee on Appeals (chair)
Head, English Department
Chair, three search Committees
Orientation Committee
Keynote Speaker, Convocation
Representative, Trustee and Marquis Scholars receptions
Reader for Lafayette feminist conference (Prof. Macmahon)
External reviewer for ESU theater program
Reader for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

2004/05    Committee on Appeals (acting chair)
Head, English Department
Acting Head, Theatre Program
Speaker for Admissions presentations on English, CWP and Theatre
Orientation Committee (Keynote speaker; “Imagining America”)
Representative, Trustee and Marquis Scholars receptions
Panel organizer, Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man
Reader for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

2003/04    Sabbatical
Coaching for “Time Out,” Counseling Center theatre group
Producer, Performance Art presentations

2002/03    Teaching and Learning (chair)
Paul Robeson conference planning committee
Coaching for “Time Out,” Counseling Center theatre group
Guest lecturer in early modern theatre history at East Stroudsburg University

2001/02    Teaching and Learning
Co-advisor for “Time Out,” Counseling Center theatre group

2000/01    Abroad
Co-advisor for “Time Out,” Counseling Center theatre group

1999/2000    Computer Services Advisory Committee, Chair
Committee on Appeals
Co-advisor for “Time Out,” Counseling Center theatre group
Special Committee on Selectivity

Community Service

July 2007    Hotel Bethlehem “Magicfest,” performance and planning
2005-Present    Performance coordinator, Columcille Megalithic Park
2001-2005    Artistic Committee for Fine Arts Discovery Series, Stroudsburg PA

Professional Memberships

Executive Board, Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
Editorial Board, Early Theatre
Modern Language Association
Shakespeare Association of America
Association for Theatre in Higher Education