(Bio as of June 2004)
Rick DesRochers was the literary director for the Goodman Theatre from 2003-2004. Before coming to the Goodman, he served as literary manager of the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and subsequently as artistic director of Boston’s New Theater, Inc., both of which focused on producing and developing new plays by playwrights of diverse backgrounds. Mr. DesRochers has worked with such playwrights as Craig Lucas, Rinne Groff, Tracey Scott Wilson, Luis Alfaro, Christopher Walken, Nilo Cruz, Alice Tuan and Suzan-Lori Parks. He has also served as the consultant for New American Play Development for London’s Soho Theatre and Writer’s Centre. He has directed and produced plays in theaters nationwide, including the Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Circle Repertory Theatre and Rude Mechanicals in New York City; The Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, The Boston Center for the Arts and the Soho Theatre of London. In Chicago, he most recently directed the world premiere of Accidental Rapture by Eric Pfeffinger for Visions & Voices Theater Company. He has taught directing, performance and playwriting at New York University, New School University, the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst and Roosevelt University. Mr. DesRochers is the author of Playing Director, and the new music theater piece, Faust: A Play For The Music Hall Every Evening and Matinees on Sunday.