Plenary Presentations

Plenary A: Thursday, February 18, 4:30 pm--Wilder Room

Jane MacMorran is director of the Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies program within the Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU where she teaches Scottish Ethnology, Scots Irish in Appalachia, and Appalachia in Scotland and Ireland (study abroad). She also serves as an instructor in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program where she teaches Celtic fiddle and directs the ETSU Celtic Band. A former United States National Fiddling Champion and the winner of many Scottish fiddling competitions, she is a popular teacher at fiddle and violin workshops across the country, including the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering. She has performed at "Speyfest," one of Scotland's premier traditional music festivals, for five years running and in 2006 performed at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a classical musician, Jane served as Concertmaster of Symphony of the Mountains for more than two decades and is currently a violin instructor and Artistic Director of Suzuki Talent Education of Appalachia.

Plenary B: Friday, February 19, 4:30 pm--Wilder Room

Jean Marsden is a professor of Restoration and eighteenth-century literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She earned her PhD from Harvard University, where she was also an instructor and teaching fellow before joining the faculty at Connecticut. She has served Connecticut as a director of graduate studies and has received the university’s Humanities Institute Fellowship and the Provost’s Fellowship. She is a prolific researcher and writer, her most recent books including Fatal Desire: Women, Sexuality and the English Stage, 1660-1720 (Cornell UP, 2006); The Re-Imagined Text: Shakespeare, Adaptation, and Eighteenth-Century Literary Theory (UP of Kentucky, 1995); and an edition entitled The Appropriation of Shakespeare: Post-Renaissance Reconstructions of the Works and the Myth (St. Martin’s, 1992). She is currently working with Cambridge UP on Plays in Performance: Cymbeline along with a separate project on drama and eighteenth-century culture.

Plenary C: Saturday, February 20, 9:45 am--Wilder Room

Freyda Thomas is a musician, actress and writer with a BA and MA in French and Linguistics from Pennsylvania State University, along with an MFA from Cal Arts, Valencia. She taught in university and in secondary schools before being drawn to Broadway, where she first translated and adapted Molière’s The Learned Ladies. In 1991 Carey Perloff decided to produce her translation at Classic Stage Company in New York, and Thomas went on to translate and adapt Tartuffe: Born Again, followed by The Gamester and School for Trophy Wives. Tartuffe: Born Again has been performed on Broadway and in repertory theatres throughout the US. She has co-authored a book of classical monologues (with a modern twist) and continues to write, translate and perform, working in the very specific medium of adapting classical plays for the modern American stage.