Neil Blackadder

Neil Blackadder

Neil Blackadder

Professor of Theatre

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1995

M.A., University of California Los Angeles, 1989

B.A., University of London, 1986


Neil Blackadder has established himself as a prominent translator of contemporary drama from German and French, having received major grants–including from PEN and the Howard Foundation–and had several of his translations produced, presented in staged readings, and published. Neil's translations of The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents and Malaga by Swiss writer Lukas Bärfuss have been produced in London, New York, and Chicago, and hamlet is dead. no gravity by Ewald Palmetshofer premiered in Chicago in 2014 and was later staged in London. Neil directed his translation of Palmetshofer's Before Sunrise at Knox in 2018. His translation of Rebekka Kricheldorf's Testosterone will be produced at Cherry Arts in Ithaca, NY in 2019; in 2008, Neil directed Kricheldorf's Rosa and Blanca at Knox. Neil grew up and went to university in England, and first came to the US for graduate study in Comparative Literature. He wrote the book Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and the Scandalized Audience. At Knox, Neil teaches dramatic literature and theatre history, dramaturgy, and playwriting.

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