Verna A. Foster (Ph.D, University of London, 1977) is a Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches courses in modern drama, Shakespeare, women in drama, and dramatic theory. She is the author of The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy (Ashgate 2004) and of numerous essays on Renaissance and modern European and American dramatists (including John Ford, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Beckett, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, Timberlake Wertenbaker, and Suzan-Lori Parks). Professor Foster is currently working on dramatic revisions by contemporary women playwrights. She is the book review editor of Text & Presentation, The Comparative Drama Conference Series.