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Northwestern School of Communication

Paul Edwards

Associate Professor Emeritus
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