Specializing in the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Andrea Stevens is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English with affiliations in Theatre and Medieval Studies. Her published research appears in such journals as English Literary Renaissance, Theatre Notebook, and Shakespeare Bulletin and in the essay collections Thunder at a Playhouse and The Effects of Performance in the Theatres of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. With chapters on blackface, blood, and similar special effects, her 2013 monograph Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama 1400-1642 examines a crucial aspect of the visual field of the early modern stage: the painted body of the actor. Current projects include an edited edition of William Heminge’s revenge tragedy The Fatal Contract (1639) for a forthcoming anthology of Renaissance drama, as well as monographs on rhyming couplets in Shakespeare and metadrama in plays of the 1630s. She has taught grad seminars for the Theatre department on Shakespeare and Original Practices and routinely offers upper-level seminars on various topics in early modern drama. Serving as dramaturg for different Shakespeare productions at Krannert—as well as lecturing on Shakespeare in such venues as the Illinois Shakespeare Festival—she also directed a production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Armory Theatre (2015). Recent teaching awards include the 2014-2015 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2014-2015 Lynn M. Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Virginia, an MA in literature from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a BA (Honors) in English from Huron University College in London, Ontario.