Born and brought up in Great Britain. Trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Was then an actor for 9 years doing seasons of regional theatre plus TV and radio work. In 1972, he co-founded the EMMA Theatre Company, a pioneering regional small-scale theatre company taking theatre to villages and small communities far from conventional theatre centers and was Artistic Director of the company 1974-81. From 1981-85 he was Artistic Director of the Torch Theatre, the regional repertory theatre for West Wales, then Artistic Director of Harrogate Theatre, Yorkshire from 1985-97 and Artistic Director of the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 1997-99. All British regional repertory theatres.
He has directed over 200 professional productions from Shakespeare to Pinter including European premieres of Paula Vogel’s The Baltimore Waltz and Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, Jose Rivera’s Marisol, the musical of Arthur Kopit’s Wings, all 3 David Mamet Chekhov adaptations and Adrian Mitchell’s adaptation of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas; world premieres of Lulu adapted by Angela Carter from Wedekind and several new plays by British writers; the British premiere of Nora by Ibsen adapted by Ingmar Bergman; and British regional premieres of Oleanna, The Secret Rapture, Serious Money, and My Children! My Africa!
In addition to a national British reputation for new American work, his productions of the classics, from Shakespeare to Coward, were equally renowned for exciting, adventurous innovation.
He has adapted and directed The Inspector General, The Miser, The Servant of Two Masters, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, A Christmas Carol, The Turn of The Screw, Scapin and written and directed seven pantomimes, two children’s plays and three documentaries.
He has designed five major regional theatre productions and been guest lecturer in directing and acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; the Actors Centre and the University College of Ripon and St. John, York where he is an Honorary Fellow. He has directed The Importance of Being Earnest at the Habimah National Theatre of Israel and received numerous awards and bursaries.
He was the director of the MFA Acting Program at Ohio University from 1999 to 2003 and since 2003 has been Associate Professor of Acting and Directing at Colorado College.
Productions at Colorado College have focused on site-specific work and a continuing exploration of the performance possibilities of the work of Samuel Beckett including Beckett Rooms – a devised exploration of Samuel Beckett’s shorter work performed in a large attic of a College building and involving twenty-eight actors, ten plays and eight installations; in the new Cornerstone Arts Center, a promenade production of What Where and a live, video and audio self-devised program of Beckett plays and work inspired by Beckett entitled Fail Better 1 also all over the new building with 32 students; and a production of Catastrophe. Other productions include Absurd Plus – a devised exploration of absurdist drama old and new in a loading dock of the deserted Gas Utilities building, downtown Colorado Springs; site-specific productions of Bash and Autobahn by Neil LaBute, a triple site-specific bill of Shepard & Chaikin’s Tongues, Savage/Love and Angel’s Monologue; Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp – all over the Gas Utilities building; Drinking In America by Eric Bogosian; Antigone by Sophocles and more. His own adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ Malady of Death has been produced in Chicago. His adaptation and production of Moliere’s Scapin as Scapina! opened the new Cornerstone Arts Center.
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