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Edward Torres

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater


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Edward Torres

A Chicago native, Eddie Torreis is the co-founder of the Teatro Vista theatre (1990), where he would direct the world premiere of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (named Best Play of 2009 by The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Time Out Chicago). Chad Deity was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and earned Edward the Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production – Play and Best Director – Play. He directed subsequent productions to critical acclaim at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre (2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, Obie Award for Best New American Play) and at the Geffen Playhouse.

Edward Torres performed in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize Winner Bruce Norris' play Downstate, a co-production between Steppenwolf in Chicago and the National Theatre of Great Britain, in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. This production was mounted in NYC at Playwrights Horizons in Fall 2022 (click here to see press from this recent run).

His recent directing credits include the world premiere musical La Canción (Repertorio Español, Latin ACE Award for Best Musical, Artistas de Teatro Independiente Award for Best Director), Macbeth (The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit), Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising), White Tie Ball by Martín Zimmerman (Teatro Vista), and The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Goodman Theatre).

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