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Edward Torres

Associate Professor


Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Roosevelt University


Edward Torres is a theater artist, television actor and professor. His theatrical work has appeared at The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, The National Theatre, The Old Globe, the Goodman Theatre and the Geffen Playhouse. On television, he has appeared in Luke Cage, The Deuce, The Romanoffs, Gotham, The Get Down and The Following. 

A Chicago native, he co-founded the Teatro Vista theatre in 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.

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).