Shakespeare and the Players


Project Overview

Shakespeare and the Players is an online exhibition of nearly 1,000 postcards featuring many famous English and American actors who performed Shakespeare's plays for late Victorian and Edwardian audiences.

The project was begun in the 1990s by English Professor Harry Rusche and updated in 2016 by English department graduate student Justin Shaw. It includes rare images of portraiture and actors in scenes from such plays as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and more.

The sit redesign was timed to feature in an array of activities for the Year of Shakespeare initiative surrounding Emory's hosting of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition staged by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Project Highlights

Emory Partners

Department of English

Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)

Shakespeare at Emory

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Funding Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
Project Contacts Shakespeare and the Players website


Key Contributions

ECDS projects advance Emory University's mission through research, pedagogy, publishing, and public scholarship.

Research Shakespeare and the Players digitally presents cultural artifacts.
Pedagogy The Shakespeare and the Players site was redesigned with classroom use in mind, and has been successfully integrated into courses in composition, humanities, and computer science.
Public Scholarship Shakespeare and the Players is intended to appeal to audiences beyond the scope of Shakespeare scholars and to serve as a resource for understanding our own cultures and histories as eclectic consumers of culture and our insatiable thirst for more Shakespeare.