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Paul D'Andrea

Robinson Professor of Theater and English

Expertise: Renaissance time period, English and American literature, playwriting, screenwriting

D'Andrea is a Robinson Professor of Theater and English who helped found the Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company at George Mason University.

D'Andrea is a Shakespearean scholar and playwright who began his career as a physics major at Harvard. He can discuss topics such as Renaissance art, philosophy and literature, views of gender from Aristophanes through "Much Ado about Nothing" to "Sex and the City," the moral vision of contemporary drama and Shakespeare.

His prize-winning plays include "The Trouble with Europe," "A Full Length Portrait of America" and "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay" are widely produced. His adaptation of "Nathan the Wise" was broadcast by PBS television in 2002 and produced in Rome in 2003. He has written screenplays and is interested in linking the humanities and the arts through contemporary media.