Personally, I am a relatively well-educated, relatively well-read, relatively well-adjusted straight white Jewish man from Eugene, Oregon, who has the honor and pleasure to be Maisie Posner’s father, and Erin Weaver’s husband.
Professionally, I am a freelance theatre director, playwright, teacher, former Artistic Director (twice), and now, very happily, an Associate Professor of Theatre at American University in Washington, D.C.
I have directed more than 100 productions at major regional theaters across the country including The Alliance Theatre, American Players Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre, Arena Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Round House Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, South Coast Rep, Two River Theatre and more.
I’ve written about 20 plays, all but one of which are adaptations of short stories, novels, novellas, or plays. I think of my early adaptations as my Reverent Adaptations— where I made every effort to be true to the authors original intent. I think of my more recent work as my Irreverent Adaptations—where the original work is more of a launching pad for my own more… personal, idiosyncratic explorations. My plays have received a total of over 400 productions including Off-Broadway (Asher Lev and Life Sucks), major international theatre, major American regional theatres, universities, high schools, community theatres, and amateur companies.
My most produced play— a re-imaging of Chekhov’s The Seagull, entitled Stupid Fucking Bird— was one of the ten most produced plays in the country in 2015 and has had productions worldwide, including professional productions is Australia, Canada, Estonia, Luxembourg, and Sweden, with future productions planned for Argentina, England, Italy, Spain and elsewhere. It is produced and taught in theatre classes at numerous colleges every year and seems to have entered the American cannon of established plays.
My other plays include JQA (the only fully original one), The Heal, Life Sucks, No Sisters, District Merchants, Who Am I This Time? & Other Conundrums of Love, The Chosen, My Name Is Asher Lev, Sometimes A Great Notion, Cyrano (with Michael Hollinger), A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage (with composer James Sugg), The Gift of Nothing (with composer Andy Mitton), ME…JANE: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall (also with composer Andy Mitton), and also a number of others, but those were quite a long time ago now.
I’ve won quite a lot of awards along the way, including six Helen Hayes Awards, two Barrymore Awards, The Outer Circle Critics Award, a Joseph Jefferson Award, an Elliott Norton Award, The Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, The John Gassner Prize, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, and more.
I’ve been privileged to spend a life in the theatre— telling stories, exploring worthwhile texts with passionate collaborators, and inquiring into the essential nature and mystery of being a human being.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Science in Performance Studies, 1986
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, MFA Program in Directing, 1987-88
Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Resident Director, Arden Theatre Company, 1988-2006
LORT C Regional Theatre, approx. budget $5 million
Adjunct Lecturer, University of the Arts, Theatre Program, 1997-2006
Artistic Director,Two River Theater Company, 2006-2010
LORT D Regional Theatre, approx. budget $4 million
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Maryland, Theatre Design Program, 2011-2016
Artistic Associate, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2010-2020
Artistic Associate, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, 2011- 2016
Distinguished Theatre Artist-In-Residence, American University, 2016- 2020
Associate Professor, American University, 2020-present
District Merchants, Dramatists Play Service, 2019
Life Sucks, Dramatists Play Service, 2017
Cyrano, Dramatists Play Service, 2015
Stupid Fucking Bird, Dramatists Play Service, 2014
Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love), Dramatists Play Service, 2013
My Name Is Asher Lev, Dramatists Play Service, 2009
Macbeth, Folger Library Edition, 2008
A Murder, A Mystery, & A Marriage, Dramatists Play Service, 2007
The Chosen, Dramatists Play Service, 2001
100 Monologues from New Plays- Women, Smith & Krauss, 2020 (The Heal)
100 Monologues from New Plays- Men, Smith & Krauss, 2020 (The Heal)
100 Monologues from New Plays- Men, Smith & Krauss, 2019 (JQA)
The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, Smith & Krauss, 2018 (District Merchants)
The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, Smith & Krauss, 2017 (No Sisters)
The Chosen, by Chaim Potok & Aaron Posner, Albion-Andalus trade edition, 2016
The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, Smith & Krauss, 2014 (Life Sucks)
The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, Smith & Krauss, 2014 (Stupid Fucking Bird)
The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, Smith & Krauss, 2014 (Stupid Fucking Bird)
First Person: Adapting Asher Lev, Brodway.Com, 2012
APT: Why It Works So Well, American Theatre Magazine, 2011
Why We Lie, American Theatre Magazine, October, 2006
List out all awards from CV
List out all awards from CV
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