Neil Blackadder translates drama and prose from German and French, specializing in contemporary theatre. His translation of Lukas Bärfuss’ The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents has been staged in London and several US cities and is published by Nick Hern Books. Neil was awarded a PEN Translation Fund Grant and a Howard Fellowship to translate three more plays by Bärfuss. His work has also been supported by Ledig House, the Banff Centre, and frequently by the Goethe-Institut.  Having grown up and attended university in England, Neil is able to translate into British as well as American English. Neil is Professor of Theatre at Knox College, and the author of Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and The Scandalized Audience (Praeger, 2003). His translation of Ewald Palmetshofer’s hamlet is dead. no gravity received its US and English-language world premiere at Red Tape Theatre in Chicago in January 2014, directed by Seth Bockley.  In May 2014, Neil was invited to participate in hotINK at the Lark, where his translation of Thomas Arzt’s Alpine Blues was developed in collaboration with the playwright, and presented in a staged reading.



THE UNMARRIED WOMAN by Ewald Palmetshofer – translation used for supertitles at Theatertreffen Berlin, May 2015; staged reading scheduled for New York, December 2015.

HAMLET IS DEAD. NO GRAVITY by Ewald Palmetshofer – produced by Red Tape Theatre, Chicago, IL, directed by Seth Bockley, January-February 2014.  Staged readings in New York and Washington, D.C., June 2011, in Chicago, March 2013, and Norwich, England, April 2013.  Production scheduled at Arcola Theatre, London, September 2015.

THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS by Lukas Bärfuss – produced by the Gate Theatre, London, directed by Carrie Cracknell, 2007.  Published by Nick Hern Books (2007), available in US through TCG. Other productions: Electric Pear, New York, 2008; Luna Playhouse, Glendale, CA, 2009; Vertigo Theatre, Portland, OR, 2015.

ALPINE BLUES by Thomas Arzt – developed and presented in staged reading, hotINK at the Lark, New York, May-June 2014.

AMERICAN SHOT by Evelyne de la Chenelière and Daniel Brière – staged reading in Chicago, July 2012.  Excerpt published in Asymptote here.