Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Ellen MacKay’s scholarship addresses two overlapping fields: early modern English drama and public culture (including sermons, royal entries, ballads, mayoral pageants, beast baitings, polemics, satires, and feuds) and Western theater and performance, from the Greeks to the present. Her work also explores some of the more challenging aspects of stage productions, such as onstage animals, gunfire, nudity, stuttering, waterworks, and pyrotechnics.
She is the author of Persecution, Plague, and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Her interest in the digital humanities led her to participate in an academic collaboration that created iPad applications for some of William Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, featuring direct links to materials from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
MacKay earned a BA from Barnard College, as well as MA, MPhil, and PhD (with distinction) degrees from Columbia University. She also holds a graduate certificate from the Columbia Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Most recently, she was an associate professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington. She also served as the director of Indiana University’s Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities. In addition, she was the resident dramaturg and director of educational outreach for Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington.