Franklin J. Hildy


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Franklin J. Hildy is Professor of Theatre History in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, where he serves as Director of Graduate Studies and is on the faculty of the Center for East Asian Studies. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Theatre (2010) and as a Senior Research Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe, London (2015). He is the co-convener of the Digital Humanities in Theatre Research Working Group for the International Federation for Theatre Research, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies at the University of Maryland. He has twice served as a Fellow of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and was the organizer of the Theatre Panel of the Performing Arts Field Committee for the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), which won a $900,000 grant for the ‘Virtual Vaudeville’ digital humanities project from the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Association for the Historic Theatres of Europe and of the Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre (OISTAT). Hildy is co-author, with the late Oscar G. Brockett, of five editions of History of the Theatre, which has been translated into Chinese, Czech, Fārsī, Greek, Korean, and Ukrainian; author of Shakespeare at the Maddermarket; editor of New Issues in the Reconstruction of Shakespeare's Theatre; and General Editor for, an online index of all existing theatres over 100 years old. He has published over 65 articles on historic theatre architecture, theatre archaeology, Shakespearean staging techniques, and the history of Shakespeare in performance. He regularly lectures on these topics nationally and internationally.