Acting and Directing Work
New Play Development


Edward Sobel, MFA

EDWARD SOBEL is a Professor at Villanova. Previously, he was Associate Artistic Director at the Arden Theatre Company and Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, overseeing development of more than 40 new plays including Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner August: Osage County, and Pulitzer finalists Red Light Winter and Man from Nebraska. Directing credits include world premieres of James Ijames’ Moon Man Walk and The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington; productions of Endgame, Clybourne Park, Superior Donuts, Women in Jep and At the Old Place at the Arden; The Chosen, Huck Finn, and A Lesson Before Dying at Steppenwolf , and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Youth and Beckett Bites at Villanova. Broadway credits as dramaturg include The Minutes, Linda Vista, Superior Donuts, and August: Osage County. Writers whose work he has developed and directed include: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Rachel Bonds, Lydia Diamond, Kristoffer Diaz, Laura Eason, Hannah Khalil, Nimisha Ladva, Wendy MacLeod, Rogelio Martinez, and Bess Wohl. He is a recipient of the Elliot Hayes Award from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for outstanding contribution to the field. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in directing from Northwestern.