Roslyn L. Knutson

is a distinguished historian of the Elizabethan theater. Her publications include The Repertory of Shakespeares Company, 1594-1613 (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1991) and Playing Companies and Commerce in Shakespeare's Time (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), as well as articles in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey, English Literary Renaissance, and Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England.

She is also the editor, along with David McInnis (University of Melbourne), of the Lost Plays Database.


Exciting Developments in the Months Upcoming

Finally the air has the texture and fragrance of autumn, and trees are showing touches of full November color. Such seasonal progress puts fresh energy into the business of the MSA.

Elections: a ballot with officers for 2012-15 has been circulated twice by email to members. You may print either of these out and return them to me, Roslyn L. Knutson, by 1 December 2011 (address: 823 N. Midland, Little Rock, AR, 772205, USA). Or, if you don’t mind your ballot having your identification, simply e-mail me with your vote ( The slate being offered for your consideration is as follows: President, Paul Menzer; Vice-President, Bob Logan; Secretary, Lucy Munro. (FYI: the remaining officers have agreed to continue their service: Sarah K. Scott, Membership Chair; Kirk Melnikoff, Treasurer).

Marlowe Studies: An Annual: those of you who requested a complimentary copy should have received yours by now. Please contact me immediately if yours has not arrived. A few copies were unclaimed, which we offered to new and renewing members until the supply was exhausted.

In addition, the MSA urges you to support the annual further by asking your library to subscribe. Log on to or contact for details.

Upcoming MSA Events

1) The MSA is sponsoring two sessions in Seattle in January 2012. “Medievalism and Marlowe,” co-sponsored with the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, is scheduled for Thursday, 5 January, 3:30-4:45 p.m. “Booking Marlowe,” sponsored solely by the MSA, is scheduled for Friday, 6 January, 3:30-4:45. Both have superior lineups, and we look forward to your attendance with prospective new members in tow. Check the links in this paragraph for details of speakers and topics.

2) The seventh international Marlowe conference will take place at the Blackfriars playhouse in Staunton, VA, June 24-28, 2013. At this time next year, you will receive encouragement to submit proposals for the program; these may be individual abstracts or packaged sessions with a lineup of scholars prepared. In the mean time, we invite your suggestions for keynote speakers as well as professional activities in conjunction with the conference. Having Blackfriars as our site gives us a unique opportunity to tilt the program and its recreations toward performance. What sounds like fun to you?

Start thinking about what you want to present at the international conference. You are in charge of the quality, and the program committee will welcome abstracts for individual papers as well as packaged sessions. For the latter, think of the context in which your work shines, contact the scholars who do that sort of work, and send us your grouping as a done deal. Until you have further information, send your proposals to me @ and I will see that they are forwarded to the Program Chair.