Contact info: nb [at] neilblackadder [dot] com, (309) 299-0184
Representation: Antje Oegel, A O International
Neil Blackadder is Professor of Theatre at Knox College, where he’s taught since 1998. He began translating drama and short fiction in 2002. In 2004, he was certified as a German > English translator by the American Translators Association. Neil is also the author of Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and the Scandalized Audience (Praeger, 2003).
Neil grew up in Whitehaven, in the Lake District area of England. He completed a BA in German and French at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College – including full years spent in both Paris and Tübingen. In 1987 he came to the US to study Comparative Literature, first at UCLA (M.A.), then at Princeton (Ph.D.) From 1994-98, Neil taught in the Drama program at Duke University.
The playwrights Neil has worked most closely with include the Swiss writer Lukas Bärfuss. Neil’s translation of The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents was produced at the Gate Theatre in London in 2007 (directed by Carrie Cracknell), and published by Nick Hern Books. In 2011, Neil was awarded a fellowship from the Howard Foundation (Brown University) and a PEN Translation Fund Grant to translate three more plays by Bärfuss.
Neil has also held residencies at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre and Writers Omi at Ledig House. His work has often been supported by the Goethe-Institut, as well as by the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Neil’s short play “Dad’s Guns” appeared in 24 Gun Control Plays, ed. Caridad Svich and Zac Kline (NoPassport Press, 2013), and was presented in a staged reading in Sydney, Australia, in May 2013. The script was also selected as one of ten winners in 10-minute play category of GunPlay(s) Competition organized by Samaritan Road Productions, Champaign, IL, 2014.