Andrew W. Ade
Professor of English
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Andrew Ade received his B.A. in English at Northwestern University before serving as a Peace Corps high school teacher in the Republic of Zaïre (today, Democratic Republic of the Congo). He subsequently earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked as the American Lecturer at Groupe HEC, a leading French business school, and received an NEH Summer Seminar grant to study Modernist art in Paris. He joined the Westminster faculty in 2003, where his teaching and research interests include Dramatic Literature, History and Criticism, World Fiction, and Film Studies. He coordinates the college’s First-Year Writing Program and runs the Playwriting Workshop. An award-winning and published playwright, Dr. Ade has written full-length, one-act, and short plays, as well as the book and lyrics for a musical. He is affiliated with the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Co., twice winning the “Best Play” award in their Theatre Festival in Black & White, and won the 2009 Arts & Letters Prize in Drama for his play A Question of Taste. He serves as a regular respondent in the KCACT Festival network (Region 2) and the National Playwriting Program (NPP). For his playwriting, he has received the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant, was a 2012-2013 Heinz Endowments Fellow, and has had creative-writing Residency Fellowships at MacDowell Colony, The Ragdale Foundation and The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts.