Bartlett Sher | Goodman Theatre

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Bartlett Sher

(Bio as of January 2004)

Bartlett Sher most recently collaborated with the Goodman on The Light in the Piazza during the 2003/2004 Season. He assumed his position as the Intiman Theatre’s artistic director in 2000. He has received national and international recognition for his work as a classical director, and was honored with the 2002 Joe A. Callaway Award from Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for his production of Cymbeline in New York. That play, produced by Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA), went on to become the first American Shakespeare production to be seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company. At Intiman, Mr. Sher developed and directed Nickel and Dimed, a world premiere by Joan Holden based on the book by Barbara Ehrenreich, which transferred to the Mark Taper Forum and has since gone on to new productions around the country.  Mr. Sher’s other Intiman credits include Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul; Nora, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; Shaw’s Arms and the Man; Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus; Craig Lucas’ The Dying Gaul; and Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. In New York, his credits include Molière’s Don Juan and the American premiere of Harley Granville Barker’s 1907 play Waste (2000 Obie Award for Best Play), both produced by TFANA; and the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s The Butterfly Collection for Playwrights Horizons. Mr. Sher served as associate artistic director at Hartford Stage Company, company director at the Guthrie Theater and associate artist at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and he has directed at theaters across the country. He has lectured and given workshops at New York University, Columbia, Yale, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab, University of Texas, San Diego State University, University of Southern California, Trinity College; Leeds and Brighton universities, among others.   He recently made his opera-directing debut with Seattle Opera’s production of Mourning Becomes Electra, which will open at New York City Opera in March 2004. His other upcoming productions include Pericles at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for TFANA, opening in February 2004.

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