Guest Faculty, The John Wells Directing Program
MARC MASTERSON (Artistic Director) has been a leader in the American Theatre for over 35 years with a demonstrated track record of artistic accomplishment, civic engagement, and organizational development. He previously served as Artistic Director of City Theatre for 20 years and helped to build the organization and its current facilities on the South Side.
In a distinguished career he has commissioned and developed over 100 world premieres including Pulitzer finalists, Broadway and Off-Broadway successes and notable works in the American theatre canon including A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath, The Parisian Woman by Beau Willimon, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph and Office Hour by Julia Cho. More than 50% of the new plays he has produced were written by women. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory in California where he conceived and launched two major initiatives for diverse voices in the American theatre, the CrossRoads commissioning program and the Dialogos bi-lingual site-specific project. He served for 11 years as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville where he produced more than 200 productions and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Plays directed at the Humana Festival include works by Charles Mee, Wendell Berry, Craig Wright, Eric Coble, Adam Bock, Gina Gionfriddo, Melanie Marnich, and Rick Dresser.
Recent directing credits include Shakespeare in Love, All the Way, Going to a Place where you Already Are, Zealot, Death of a Salesman, Eurydice and Elemeno Pea at SCR; Cry It Out at Dorset Theatre Festival; Hand to God at the Alliance Theatre; Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival; As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival; and The Kite Runner at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Cleveland Play House.