Franklin J. Hildy

Franklin J. Hildy
Job title: 
Head of MA/PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies; Head of Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies Cluster; Director of Graduate Studies
Cluster: 
Theatre Scholarship and Performance Studies
Academic Rank: 
Professor
Phone: 
301.405.3157
Address: 
2828 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Franklin J. Hildy continued his work on theatre-finder.org, a web based guide to the historic theatres of the world which he developed as a Fellow of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.  Last April he was elected treasurer of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. In July he convened the Theatre Architecture Working Group for the International Federation for Theatre Research at their annual convention in Santiago, Chile and gave a plenary session paper on the Latin American challenges for the theatre-finder project. In August Professor Hildy gave two papers at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Washington D.C.,  and gave the keynote address for the Second International Conference on Architecture, Theatre and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In October he will be returning to London to advise on the construction of the indoor playhouse being built for Shakespeare’s Globe and review the archaeological discoveries of two playhouses from Shakespeare’s day, the Theatre and the recently discovered Curtain.

Education/Training:

Ph.D., Theatre, Northwestern University, 1980; M.A., Theatre, Northwestern University, 1976; B.A., Humanities, Shimer College, Mt. Carroll, IL, 1975; Tutorial Program, Dramatic Literature, Oxford University, 1973-74; Humanities Administrator, Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington DC, 1994-95.

Areas of Specialization/Interest:

Theatre Architecture, Theatre Archaeology, History of Stage Technology, Problems in the Production of pre/early-Modern Drama, Shakespearean Stagecraft, New Technology and post-modern performance, Theatre Consulting

Professional Affiliations:

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), American Shakespeare Center, Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Association of Historic Theatres in Europe (PERSPECTIV), Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies (CRBS), Center for East Asian Studies, College of Fellows of the American Theatre, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), International Shakespeare Globe Centre (ISGC), National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), National Taiwan University, Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (STAA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

Representative Productions:

Creator of theatre-finder.org, a comprehensive, collaboratively authored, peer reviewed, world-wide guide to all theatres that are over one hundred years old.  Convener for the Theatre Architecture Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research and a  co-convener of the Shakespeare Performance Research Group for the American Society for Theatre Research.  Exhibition consultant for “Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century.” National Building Museum (2007), Chair of Organizing Committee and Local Arrangements Committee for International Federation for Theatre Research 2005 conference “Citizen Artists, Theatre, Culture & Community” held in College Park Maryland. Chair of the Theatre Panel of the Performing Arts Field Committee for the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH) (which resulted in the $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the Virtual Vaudeville Project directed by Professor David Saltz). Director of state-or-the Art conference on “New Issues in the Reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Theatre” held at the University of Georgia, Athens (1990). Co-organizer of a three year International Symposium on Theatre Historiography held at National Taiwan University in Taipei. Professional lectures: Over 45 lectures across Europe, Asia, and Africa and 75 for national organizations across the USA. Theatre Consultant: Five projects including, E.H. Young Theatre Complex, Berry College, GA ; Rockport Schools Auditorium, Cambridge, MA; Oxford Performing Arts Center, Emory University; Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Architects, Atlanta, GA. Architectural history advisor: Ten projects including Shakespeare’s Globe reconstruction and Blackfriar’s theatre reconstruction for  Shakespeare’s Globe, London; 2nd Globe Playhouse, American Shakespeare Center, Stanton, VA; Rose Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA. Consultant: Numerous projects including $900,000.00 Virtual Vaudeville project, National Science Foundation and CAMP, a Collaborative Ajax-Based Modeling program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for creating three-dimensional re-creations of historic theaters. Host/Presenter of National Interactive Video Teleconference (92 subscribed institutions) "Rediscovering Shakespeare's Theatres," with Sam Wanamaker, J.L.Styan, Andrew Gurr and Rose Theatre archaeologist, Simon Blatherwick, February 19, 1990.  Producer: four shows for the International Shakespeare Globe Center's inaugural workshop season, (1995).

Representative Publications/Research Activities:

General Editor theatre-finder.org, a comprehensive, collaboratively authored, peer reviewed, world-wide guide to all theatres that are over one hundred years old.  Co-author, with Oscar G. Brockett, of four editions of History of the Theatre (1999, 2003, 2008, 2012) and History of the Theatre Foundation edition (2007).  Editor: New Issues in the Reconstruction of Shakespeare's Theatre (1990). Author: Shakespeare at the Maddermarket: Nugent Monck and the Norwich Players (1986) and over 50 articles on theatre architecture and Shakespearean stagecraft along with numerous entries for encyclopedias.

Honors and Awards:

Elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, to membership in the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe (PERSPECTIV), to the faculty of the Center for East Asian Studies and to the Executive committee of the American Society for Theatre Research. Recipient of the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 fellowship of the Maryland institute for Technology in the Humanities, a Graduate Research Board fellowship and an M. G. Michael Award for Excellence in Research. Featured in the exhibition, “Design of Shakespeare’s Globe, London” which traveled with the London Shakespeare’s Globe Company’s  first United States tour, Twelfth Night, (fall 2003.)