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 recently 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 translation of The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents by Swiss writer Lukas Bärfuss has been produced in London, New York, and other US cities; in 2014 Red Tape Theatre in Chicago staged the world premiere of his translation of Ewald Palmetshofer’s hamlet is dead. no gravity. 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; he also directs mainstage productions, including in 2015 the college world premiere of Jamil Khoury’s Mosque Alert . In 2008, he directed the English-language world premiere of his own translation from German of Rebekka Kricheldorf's Rosa and Blanca.

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