About the Author

Dr. Andrew B. Harris (director, playwright, and author) was the 2007 winner of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Golden Pen Award for The Performing Set, the Broadway Designs of William and Jean Eckart published by UNT Press. Dr. Harris is Professor of Theatre at the University of North Texas where he teaches theatre history, play analysis, and playwriting. His directing credits at UNT include: The Little Foxes, The Misanthrope, Antigone, Once Upon a Mattress, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Illusion, Three Sisters, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and his own The Eternal Romeo and Juliet.

The Eternal was also produced at London's Rose Theatre, a theatre built in 1587 which saw the first productions of many of Shakespeare’s plays. Prior to coming to UNT, Dr. Harris chaired theatre departments at Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University. In New York, he served as the Executive Director of the Riverside Shakespeare Company and the Managing Director of the Nassau Repertory Theatre. His own plays include Tausk, Erasmus, and Tar-tuff (a play based on Molière's Tartuffe), The Eternal Romeo and Juliet, and The Lady Revealed. He received his doctorate from Columbia University and graduated with Special Honors from the University of Chicago.

An alumnus of New York's New Dramatists, he was selected by his peers to serve as a Writer Member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Harris's first book, Broadway Theatre received the Broadway Theatre Institute's first Excellence in Education Award from Jane Alexander, then the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Together with wife Ann and their golden retriever, Tiffany, the Harris's live in McKinney’s Historic District where they have received four City Awards for "Restoration of the Year" for their historic homes.

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