Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards' work centers on Shakespeare in performance, stage and screen adaptations of narrative fiction, and postwar American popular culture. He has directed more than forty original stage adaptations of fiction for campus and professional production.


PhD University of Texas at Austin
M.A. Northwestern University
B.S. Northwestern University


Unstoried: Teaching Literature in the Age of Performance Studies (1999); essays and book chapters in Shakespeare Quarterly, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Annual, Opening Acts (2006), The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies (2006), and Shakespeare and the Interpretive Tradition (1999)

Recent Awards and Honors

2014 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominee, New Adaptation
2013 Non-Equity Jeff Award, New Adaptation
2007-10 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence
2002 Northwestern University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award
2001 Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award
2001 The Lilla A. Heston Award from the National Communication Association for outstanding scholarship in performance studies
1997 The Leslie Irene Coger Award from the National Communication Association for lifetime achievement in performance studies


224 Adapting Narrative for Group Performance
318-1 Shakespeare's English Histories
318-2 Shakespeare Adaptations
321 Performing the American Fifties


Paul Edwards

Professor Emeritus


Performance Studies

Graduate Programs:

Theatre and Drama; Writing for the Screen and Stage