This essay reviews major questions and recent developments in the field of early modern women and performance; it also introduces the eight essays for the special issue.

Author Biography

Peter Parolin (parolin@uwyo.edu) is associate professor of English at the University of Wyoming. With Pamela Allen Brown he edited Women Players in England, 1500-1660: Beyond the All-Male Stage (2005). His essays have appeared in Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare Studies, and Shakespeare Quarterly.