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Sawyer Kemp is a doctoral candidate studying early modern drama and contemporary performance. Their dissertation investigates the many valences of “accessibility” in contemporary Shakespeare performance.
They collaborate with the UC Davis ModLab on the motion-capture performance project Play The Knave, a Shakespeare video game with previous installations at the Mondavi Center, Stratford Festival in Ontario, the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.
- Early Modern Drama
- Performance Theory
- Trans* Studies & Queer Theory
- Contemporary Shakespeare Performance
- Digital Performance & Gaming
- Digital Humanities
2014-Present -- ENL 3 Introduction to Literature
2012 to 2014 -- UWP 1 Expository Writing & UWP 1Y (digital hybrid course)
Fall Quarter 2017 -- Medieval Studies: Medieval Literature & Culture, Professor Seeta Chaganti
Fall Quarter 2015 -- Global Humanities: Adam & Eve, Professor Noah Guynn
Spring Quarter 2012 -- Women's Literature, 19th C.- Contemporary, Professor Sarah Lauro
Winter Quarter 2012 -- Gender, Sexuality & Literature, Professor Beth Freeman
Fall Quarter 2011 -- 16th & 17th C. Poetry, Professor Richard Levin
Sawyer Kemp. “‘Transgender Shakespeare Performance: A(n) Holistic Dramaturgy.” Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies, Trans* Historicities special issue, ed. Simone Chess, Will Fisher, Colby Gordon (Forthcoming 2020).
Sawyer Kemp. “’In That Dimension Grossly Clad’: Transgender Rhetoric, Representation and Shakespeare.” Shakespeare Studies 47 (2019).
Gina Bloom, Sawyer Kemp, Nicholas Toothman, and Evan Buswell, “‘A whole theater of others’: Amateur Acting and Immersive Spectatorship in the Digital Shakespeare Game Play the Knave,” Shakespeare Quarterly 67.4 (2016).
Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journals
Sawyer Kemp & Alicia Andrzejewski. “FTM: Arriving, No Arrivals,” Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal (2018). Published online at https://medicalhealthhumanities.com/2018/11/09/ftm-arriving-no-arrivals/
Sawyer Kemp. “Escape Rooms and the Seductive Ubiquity of Capture,” Analog Game Studies 4.5 (2017). Published online at http://analoggamestudies.org/2017/11/escape-rooms-and-the-seductive-ubiq...
Chapter in Edited Volume
Sawyer Kemp. “Shakespeare in Transition: Pedagogies of Transgender Justice.” In Teaching Social Justice Through Shakespeare: Why Renaissance Literature Matters Now. Eds. Wendy Beth Hyman & Hillary Eklund. University of Edinburgh Press, (October 2019).
- Russell J. & Dorothy S. Bilinski Educational Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship 2019-2020
- UC Davis English Department Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship Winter Quarter 2019
- Mellon Public Scholar Grant 2018
- Shakespeare Association of America 2018 Next Generation Plenary Speaker
- Women's Resources & Research Center 2017 Feminist Research Grant
- Mellon Research Initiative in Early Modern Studies Teaching-Research Fellowship
- EGSA 2015-2016 Co-Chair
- Early Modern Reading Group 2013-2014 Co-Chair
- UWP 2013-2014 English Graduate Liaison
- EGSA 2013-2014 Scholars Symposium Co-Chair
- EGSA 2012-2013 Women's Caucus Co-Chair