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SIP Regional Editors Responsibilities and Guidelines

Job Description

Regional Editors enter data on productions in their areas and write or delegate reviews for the ISE Chronicle in discussion with the ISE Chronicle Editor.

Responsibilities and Guidelines

Your responsibilities fall into two areas:

  1. building the Shakespeare in Performance (SIP) database; and 
  2. contributing to the ISE Chronicle, a dedicated online space in which theater practitioners, scholars, critics, and members of the public can analyze and interactively discuss contemporary Shakespearean performance. 

All productions you review for the Chronicle will be added to the SIP database; however, not all productions you enter into the SIP database have to be reviewed.

To fulfill your responsibilities as Regional Editor, you will undertake the following tasks.

  1. Identify productions that should be entered in the SIP DB.

2. Use your access to the SIP database to enter data about a production. See the file SIP_guide2014.doc (sent to you by email attachment). If you are able to enter data about a production BEFORE the opening date, the details will be used to populate the ISE Performance Calendar; upcoming productions are advertised in the information pane on the left side of all our pages.

3. Identify productions that should be reviewed for the ISE Chronicle. Normally, we like to see reviews of all Shakespeare productions by resident companies with a Shakespeare season or regular Shakespeare offerings, and a selection of other productions.

4. Book a reviewer’s (media) ticket. Our letter of appointment may be helpful to you in obtaining free tickets. 

5. Write review. We assume that you have some experience of writing reviews but the ISE Chronicle Editor will offer advice and commentary if you wish. 

6. If you are not able to review an important production in your region, please delegate a colleague or graduate student to do so. Graduate students may need mentoring from you if they have not reviewed plays before. A useful starting point: Alan C. Dessen, “Reviewing Shakespeare For the Record,” Shakespeare Quarterly 36 (1985), 602-08. Lois Potter offers a useful checklist of questions in “Teaching Shakespeare:  The Participatory Approach,” Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance, ed. Milla Cozart Riggio (New York: MLA, 1999), 235-43. The ISE Chronicle Editor will be adding further resources to the ISE Chronicle, including his own guide to watching productions and writing reviews.

7. Register as a site user and create an ISE Chronicle profile for yourself. Please update your profile regularly as your career progresses.

8. Upload review to the ISE Chronicle

9. If a theater in your area keeps an archive, we’d be pleased if you would inquire about the availability of artifacts from past productions.

10. Appointments are for a term of 5 years (renewable). If you are not able to finish the five-year term, we’d be grateful if you would recommend a successor and facilitate introductions to the theater companies with which you’ve established diplomatic relationships.

If you need advice, please contact the appropriate member of the ISE team.

Issue  Contact   Person Email 
 Technical matters Assistant Coordinating Editor Janelle Jenstad jenstad@uvic.ca or iseadmin@uvic.ca
 Obtaining tickets and writing reviews ISE Chronicle Editor Kevin Quarmby
 Changes to your geographical remit or the length of your appointment General Performance Editor Alexa Huang acyhuang@gwu.edu