Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor; Associate Professor
(519) 888-4567 ext. 35785
Location: ML 119

Knee to head shot of Jennifer Roberts-Smith in a leather jacketJennifer Roberts-Smith holds a PhD in English (2007) and an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto. Her research and creative practice focus on Shakespeare's language, Elizabethan performance techniques, inter-medial theatre, and experience design in the digital humanities. Jennifer is Principal Investigator of two multi-institutional research projects, The Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET) and The Stratford Festival Online: Games and Virtual Learning Environments for Education and Audience Engagement. She is also co-leader of the Interface cluster of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) research project. Jennifer joined the University of Waterloo in 2007, after working as an actor and director in small and large scale Canadian theatres, and teaching at the universities of Ottawa, Toronto, and Windsor.

Check out this news item about Jennifer's Ontario Early Researcher award.

Recent work

“Staging Shakespeare in Social Games: Towards a Theory of Theatrical Game Design.” Lead author with Shawn DeSouza-Coelho and Toby Malone. Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare Appropriation. Special Issue: Social Media Shakespeare. Ed. Maurizio Calbi and Stephen O’Neill. Forthcoming in 2016.

“ ‘Time Is Their Master’: Men and Meter in The Comedy of Errors.” Shakespeare’s World of Words: Language Incorporated. Ed. Paul Yachnin. Arden, 2015.

“An Interactive, Materialist-Semiotic Archive: Visualizing the Canadian Theatrical Canon in the Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET).” Co-lead author with Alexandra Kovacs and the SET Project. Place and Space: Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere. Ed. Ruth Panofky and Kathleen Kellett. University of Alberta Press, 2015.

Director. Henry the Sixth, Part 1. Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Conference. McMaster University, June 2015.

“SET Free: Breaking the Rules in a Processual, User-generated, Digital Performance Edition of Richard the Third.” Lead author with the SET Project. The Shakespearean International Yearbook 2014: Digital Shakespeares: Innovations, Interventions, Mediations. Ed. Brett D. Hirsch and Hugh Craig. Ashgate, 2014.

“ ‘What Makes Thou Upon a Stage?’: Child Actors, Royalist Publicity, and the Space of the Nation in the Queen’s Men’s True Tragedy of Richard the Third (1594). Issue in Review: Making Theatrical Publics on the Early Modern Stage. Ed. Paul Yachnin. Early Theatre 15.2 (2012): 192-205.

Courses taught

  • DRAMA 307/407/317/417: UpStart Festival
  • DRAMA 100: Introduction to Theatre
  • DRAMA 307/407: Henry the Sixth Part 1
  • DRAMA 306/406: R3
  • DRAMA 321/421: Advanced Acting 1 (Scene Study)
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