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Andrea Stevens

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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: After Othello: Race, Disguise, and the Limits of the Stageable 1600 - 1800 and Agreement without Consensus: The Unearned Authority of Rhyme. 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 (and here).

Research Interests

Shakespeare; theater history, 1400-1800; early modern drama, literature, and culture; early modern poetry;  poetics and poetic theory


  • Ph.D., English literature, University of Virginia
  • M.A., English literature, Dalhousie University
  • B.A. Honours, Huron University College

Awards and Honors

Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar (2023-2026)
The Campus Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015)
The LAS Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers (2015)

Courses Taught

On course release, Fall 2024 (advising only);  Spring 2025 ENGL 209 Brit lit to 1800 & ENGL 117 Shakespeare on Film


Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
Associate Professor, Program in Medieval Studies

Highlighted Publications

Stevens, A. (2013). Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama, 1400-1642. Edinburgh University Press.

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Recent Publications

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.

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.

Stevens, A. (2015). The Spotting of Lady Conscience in the Three Ladies of London. Web publication/site

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.

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.

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