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Paul Edwards
Associate Professor Emeritus
Performance Studies

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.


PhDUniversity 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

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


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