Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick

PhD, Sydney


Tim Fitzpatrick joined Performance Studies in the 1980s from the Italian department. He is currently seconded to the School of Languages and Cultures as Head of School, but continues to teach and conduct research in Performance Studies. His most recent work centres on the role which Elizabethan playwrights played, through their playtexts, in the organisation of performances in the public playhouses.

Research areas

  • Flexible performance
  • Elizabethan performance
  • Elizabethan playwrighting
  • Elizabethan theatre architecture

Selected publications - Book

1995 The Relationship of Oral and Literate Performance Processes in the Commedia dell'Arte: Beyond the Improvisation/Memorisation Divide Lewiston/Queen-ston/Lampeter, Edwin Mellen Press

Selected publications - Articles

2004 "Reconstructing Shakespeare's Second Globe using CAD design tools" Early Modern Literature Studies]] March (online refereed journal [[ emlshome.html)

2002 "Playwrights with Foresight: staging resources in the Elizabethan playhouses" Theatre Notebook Vol 56, No. 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 85-116

2000 (with W. Millyard) "Hangings, Doors and Discoveries: Conflicting Evidence or Problematical Assumptions?" Theatre Notebook Vol 54, No. 1 (Spring 2000), pp. 2-23

1999 a "Stage Management, Dramaturgy and Spatial Semiotics in Shakespeare's Dia-logue" Theatre Research International Vol. 23, No. 1 (Spring 1999), pp. 1-23

1999b (with R. Emerson) "Reconstructing the spatial dynamics of ëlost' theatre spaces; Shakespeare's second, first and third Globe Theatres" aPER (People and Physical Environment Research) 53-54, 1999, pp. 42-57

1996 "The Fortune Contract and Hollar's Original Drawing of Southwark: Indications of a Smaller First Globe" Shakespeare Bulletin 14: 4 (Fall 1996) pp. 5-10

1995 "Shakespeare's Exploitation of a Two-door Stage: Macbeth" Theatre Research International Vol. 20, no. 3, Autumn 1995, pp. 207-30
1991(with S. Batten) "Watching the Watchers Watch: Some Implications of Audi-ence Attention Patterns" Gestos 12: November 1991, pp. 11-31

1989 "van Battista Fagiuoli e la Commedia all'improvviso: Due Manoscritti nella Biblioteca Riccardiana di Firenze'" Biblioteca Teatrale 12: 1989, pp. 61-84

Conference activity

  • 2005 "Performance Preparation Processes: the Limitations of History", XXXV International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, University of Maryland, June 26-July 2 2005
  • 2003 "Between Patronage and Commercialism: theatre, stage and ëset' design in the Elizabethan public playhouses", PATRONAGE, SPECTACLE, AND THE STAGE: International Conference on Scenography: June 18 - 22 2003, Theatre Institute, Prague