Called “a great invigorator—a man who makes you want to write” by legendary Broadway composer John Kander, former Associate Director Frank Galati has achieved acclaim as a powerful actor, an imaginative director and an insightful playwright and screenwriter.
A frequent collaborator with Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls at Chicago’s Wisdom Bridge Theatre in the early 1980s, Galati was recruited by Falls to join the Goodman’s Artistic Collective during his first year as the theater’s leader. Galati learned his craft at Northwestern University, where he later became a leading proponent of the theater program (now known as Performance Studies), which specializes in the transformation of non-theatrical texts into stage works. Galati put this trade to work during his first production as Goodman Associate Director, She Always Said, Pablo (1987), a theatrical glimpse into the world of Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso told principally through Stein’s own writings.
Galati’s other notable works at the Goodman included his “mod 1960s” reworking of Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear (1988, in which he also appeared), directing revivals of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (1990) and Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan (1992), as well as Kander and Fred Ebb’s musicalization of Durrenmatt’s classic The Visit (2001) starring Chita Rivera.
Galati is the recipient of two Tony Awards (for his stage adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath), an Academy Award nomination (for his screenplay of the hit drama The Accidental Tourist) and several Jeff Awards.