Specializing in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Andrea Stevens is also affiliated with Theatre , Medieval Studies, and the European Union Center. She is the author of Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama (2013) and her edition of William Heminge's 1639 tragedy The Fatal Contract -- the first modernized edition of this play-text -- can be found in the Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama (2020). Right now she's working on two separate book projects: Racial Masquerade at the Caroline Court and Shakespeare, Gender, and the Performance of the Commonplace. Her performance-as-research includes dramaturgy and the adaptation of Shakespeare and early modern drama for contemporary performance, for instance Titus Andronicus (KCPA October 2019), Romeo and Juliet (KCPA March 2017), and The Duchess of Malfi (Armory Free Theatre February 2015, which she also directed). To hear her discuss research related to her book on racial masquerade, click here.
Shakespeare; early modern drama, literature, and culture; theater history, 1400-1800; early modern poetry and poetics
- Ph.D., English literature, University of Virginia
- M.A., English literature, Dalhousie University
- B.A. Honours, Huron University College
Awards and Honors
The Campus Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015)
The LAS Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers (2015)
At the undergraduate level I typically teach surveys, seminars, and honors seminars on early modern drama and performance; Shakespeare on film; and early British literature to 1800. Recent graduate classes include special topics on Shakespeare as well as the graduate pro-sem on teaching literature/undergraduate pedagogy. On leave Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Stevens, A. (2013). Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama, 1400-1642. Edinburgh University Press. https://doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748670499.001.0001
Stevens, A. (Ed.) (2020). The Fatal Contract, by William Heminge. In J. Lopez (Ed.), The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama (pp. 136-194). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315667188-3
Stevens, A. (2017). Edward II: A Stage History. In K. Melnikoff (Ed.), Edward II: A Critical Reader (pp. 43-72). (Arden Early Modern Drama Guides). The Arden Shakespeare. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781472584076.ch-002
Stevens, A. (Author). (2015). The Spotting of Lady Conscience in the Three Ladies of London. Web publication/site http://threeladiesoflondon.mcmaster.ca/contexts/box.htm
Stevens, A. (2014). Shakespeare Without Resources: Staging Shakespeare in the Midwest. In A. J. Hartley (Ed.), Shakespeare on the University Stage (pp. 110-125). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107262218.008
Stevens, A. (2013). Cosmetic Transformations. In F. Karim Cooper, & T. Stern (Eds.), Shakespeare's Theatres and the Effects of Performance (pp. 94-117). The Arden Shakespeare. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781408174654.ch-005