Rubén Vázquez Negro studied English Philology at the University of Salamanca, where he earned his MA with a dissertation on Thornton Wilder’s plays. In 2002 he received a scholarship from the regional government of Castilla y León, which allowed him to complete a PhD thesis on Sam Shepard’s theatre. He has published several articles on American theatre, exploring the way in which contemporary plays open new avenues to understand the world, along the lines established by Austin Quigley and other literary critics. This approach results in a constant dialogue between philosophy and drama, which goes beyond the traditional methodology that tends to consider plays as a mere reflection of theory. He has taught at the University of Salamanca and has been a visiting researcher at the Graduate Center for the Study of Drama (University of Toronto). Currently, he combines his research work with the teaching of English at secondary schools.