Theatre Directing Workshop


austin pendleton

Austin Pendleton has been seen on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank and Grand Hotel. He has appeared in the first New York productions of Oh Dad, Poor Dad..., Fiddler on the Roof, Hail Scrawdyke (Derwent Award), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award), The Sorrows of Frederick, Doubles, The Imposter, The Loop and Sophistry, and in the title roles of Off-Broadway productions of Hamlet, Richard III, Uncle Vanya, Keats and Jeremy Rudge. He is a playwright (Orson's Shadow, Booth and Uncle Bob), director (Spoils of War, The Runner Stumbles and Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes), teacher (HB Studio), and member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Ensemble. His film credits include What's Up Doc?, Trial and Error, The Associate, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Proprietor, Guarding Tess, The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, Catch-22 and Amistad. TV includes Fired Up, Frasier and Tracey Takes On. He began his career, and has acted and directed many times, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  He has directed three Tony-nominated Broadway productions: Spoils of War by Michael Weller, starring Kate Nelligan; The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman, starring Elizabeth Taylor; and Shelter, a musical by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, starring Marcia Rodd.

mark wing-davey

Mark Wing-Davey first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at NYTW.  Since then he has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwright’s Horizons, and the Public Theater - directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry 5 in Central Park. He directed Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep and most recently for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn.  Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ACT, ART, Berkeley, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia.  Committing much of his career to developing new plays, he has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Amy Freed, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deveare Smith, Tony Kushner, and Craig Lucas, amongst others.  His more recent credits include the world première of UNCONDITIONAL for LAByrinth Theater Company Theater and Craig Lucas's The Singing Forest at the Public Theater, and workshops of a new musical by Brett C. Leonard - Harold's Harem, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ piece: Untitled Ass Play and Carson Kreitzer’s play about the photographer Lee Miller - Behind The Eye (directing its première in Cincinnati in April 2011).  He is currently the Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where in September 2010 he premièred Tony Kushner’s music theater work: The Henry Box Brown Play.


Rinde Eckert, the 2009 recipient of The Alpert Award in the Arts for his contributions to Theatre and finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is a writer, composer, performer and director. His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America, and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia.

Eckert’s career began as a writer/performer in the 1980’s, writing librettos for Paul Dresher (Pioneer, Power Failure, Slow Fire, Ravenshead). He subsequently began composing dance scores for choreographers Sarah Shelton Mann and Margaret Jenkins, including the evening-length Woman, Window, Square for The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. He began composing and performing his own music/theater pieces with The Gardening of Thomas D, a 1992 homage to Dante which was performed on tour in the United States and France. Eckert’s staged works for solo performer include An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango and Quit This House. Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall were written for radio. Recent writing credits include Horizon (2007-2008 Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Director, Lucille Lortel Award: "Unique Theatrical Experience"); Orpheus X (Pulitzer Prize nomination); Highway Ulysses and Four Songs Lost in a Wall (The American Academy of Arts and Letters 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award); And God Created Great Whales (OBIE Award: Best Performance, Drama Desk Nomination: "Unique Theatrical Experience"); and the two, one-act plays An Idiot Divine, performed at Zankel Hall in New York City. Three of his plays - And God Created Great Whales, Horizon and Orpheus X - have had successful off-Broadway runs.
His work for the theater has been produced by Theatre for a New Audience, the New York Theatre Workshop, The Foundry Theatre and Culture Project in New York, American Repertory Theatre, Center Stage in Baltimore, Dobama Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Tony Taccone, Robert Woodruff, David Schweizer, Richard ET White and Ellen McLaughlin have directed his plays. Rinde Eckert has directed his own and others’ plays and operas for The Asia Society, Juggernaut Theater, Opera Piccola and the Paul Dresher Ensemble.

Writing and directing projects involving new music productions include The Schick Machine with virtuoso percussionist Steven Schick in a solo-theater work composed/produced by Paul Dresher, Imaginary City with So Percussion, Sound Stage for the ensemble Zeitgeist, and Steven Mackey’s oratorio Dream House. Eckert wrote the text and performs in Slide with composer/guitarist Mackey and eighth blackbird, which is touring to major university campuses. Mackey and Eckert are members of BIG FARM, the 4-person ‘prog-rock’ band. Rinde Eckert’s uniquely eclectic music is available on the Intuition label in Germany and through Songline/Tonefield Productions. The critically acclaimed Sandhills Reunion (music by Jerry Granelli, text by Eckert) was released in 2005.

Following his success teaching a course in creativity at Princeton University in 2007 and began a 3-year residency in Spring 2009. He was the 2008 Granada Artist-in-Residence at the University of California at Davis Department of Theater and Dance where he wrote and directed Fate and Spinoza, and was in partnership with the University of Iowa to create, direct and perform in Eye Piece, a play exploring the loss of vision and involving 30 theater students. Gurs Zyklus, a new music/performance/multi-media installation and collaboration with sound sculptor Trimpin debuts at Stanford University in May 2011. Rinde Eckert lives in New York with his wife, Ellen McLaughlin, the playwright and actress.

joe mantello

Joe Mantello's directing credits include The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Black-bird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Jonny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Impor-tance, Design for Living, Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera. The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomina-tion), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilansky..., Blue Window, God’s Heart, The San-taland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, Imagining Brad, Other Desert Cities and Other Places. As an actor: The Normal Heart (Tony Nomination), Angels in America (Tony Nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.

tony walton

Tony Walton — A director and designer, honored with 16 Tony Award nominations for his Broadway sets and/or costumes. Pippin, House of Blue Leaves, and Guys and Dolls won him Tonys.  Among his twenty films – for such directors as Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf, and Francois Truffant - Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express earned him 5 Academy Award nominations. All That Jazz won him the Oscar and Death of a Salesman the Emmy.  His graphic work consists of book and magazine illustrations; caricatures for such publications as Playbill, Theatre Arts and Vogue; and many posters for Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows. He has co-produced shows in London – three in association with legendary Hal Prince. His designs for opera and ballet have been seen at NY’s Metropolitan Opera House, London’s Theatre Royal Convent Garden, and Sadler’s Wells ... as well as throughout Europe and the United States. For the last fifteen years he has been the director - and usually the designer - for acclaimed productions of many plays by Shaw, Wilde and Coward (along with new work and new musicals by both Irish and American authors) at the Irish Repertory Theatre, The Irish Arts Center, The York Theatre, San Diego’s Old Globe, and Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre etc.  His most recent directorial achievement was last summer’s celebrated production of Equus for East Hampton’s John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall, starring the remarkable Alec Baldwin.  In 1991 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.

kathleen marshall

Kathleen Marshall's Broadway credits include: directed and choreographed Anything Goes (2011 Revival, Tony Award), Grease (2007 revival), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for choreography; Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for direction; Tony for Best Revival of a Musical) and Wonderful Town (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire Awards for choreography; Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations for direction); choreographed Little Shop Of Horrors; Follies (Roundabout; Outer Critics nomination); Seussical; Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire nominations); Ring Round The Moon (Lincoln Center Theater); 1776 (Roundabout) and Swinging On A Star (Drama Desk nomination). Off -Broadway: directed and choreographed Two Gentlemen Of Verona (New York Shakespeare Festival) and Saturday Night (Second Stage); choreographed Violet (Playwright's Horizon) and As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept). City Center Encores!: directed and choreographed Applause; 70, Girls, 70; House of Flowers; Carnival; Hair; Wonderful Town and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons. West End: choreographed Kiss Me Kate (Olivier nomination). For ABC/Disney: directed and choreographed Once Upon a Mattress starring Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman and choreographed Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Matthew Broderick (Emmy nomination). She has directed concerts for Kristin Chenoweth at many venues including the Metropolitan Opera House and Disney Concert Hall. She is on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theater Company. She has received the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts, the Richard Rodgers Award and the George Abbott Award

nick mangano

Nick Mangano — Conference Director & MFA Director of Theatre & Film

Nick has worked on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, stock, and abroad.  He has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Opera News, among others. He has worked at theatres including the Classic Stage Company (CSC), the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), Yale, Capital Repertory, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, the BAM Next Wave Festival; and has taught and directed at the College of Santa Fe and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he was the head of the Graduate Directing Program and the Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for eight years. Nick also worked under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop the curriculum at A.C.T., and served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the University Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).  Nick collaborated with composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot directing the tour of The Cave (Lincoln Center, London’s Barbican Centre, Europe, Japan); and the world premiere (Vienna) and tour of Three Tales (BAM Next Wave Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Europe, China, Australia).  An advocate of new work, he is the co-founder of the Garson Theatre Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he directed regional premieres of plays by Moisés Kaufman and José Rivera.  He co-created a devised theatre piece about the Cincinnati race riots of 2001, which was presented at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  He holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and studied under Liviu Ciulei and Judith Malina. He holds a Certificate of Completion in the Michael Chekhov acting technique and trained under master teachers through the international Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA).