Alumna Chelsea Phillips Publishes on Folger Research

April 1, 2019
Left: page from Folger W.b.436 (15), a Covent Garden Journal, showing income and mainpiece performances for 11 and 12 October 1793. Right: page from Folger W.b.436 (16) showing expenditures and afterpiece performances for 11 and 12 October 1793. Photos by

Chelsea Phillips (PhD '15) published an essay--“Acccounting for Relationships: the Drury Lane Financial Records”--in The Collation: Research and Exploration at the Folger in March 2019 in Washington, D.C. Her essay examines the numerous financial records of 18th and 19th century London theatres, particularly Drury Lane. She is working with these documents in order to understand more fully the payments to actresses during their pregnancies and childbirth. Phillips is a recipient of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies-Folger Institute Short Term Fellowship for 2018-2019. She is an assistant professor in Villanova University’s Department of Theatre.