John Collins (director)

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John Collins
Born c. 1969
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Occupation director, designer

John Collins (born c.1969 Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is an American director and designer of experimental theatre from New York City.

A native of Vidalia, Georgia; he and graduated from Yale University in 1991, cum laude.

He is founder and artistic director of Elevator Repair Service theatre, a New York-based theatre ensemble. He has also worked as a sound designer for the Wooster Group. John is also a private pilot.


  • 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship[1]
  • 2010 Elliot Norton Award for Best Director[2]
  • Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director (Gatz, 2011)
  • United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship (2011)


  • Fondly, Collette Richland (new play by Sibyl Kempson, premiering 2015).
  • Arguendo (The Public Theater, 2013)
  • Shuffle (The New York Public Library, 2011).
  • The Sun Also Rises (New York Theatre Workshop, 2011).
  • Gatz (The Public Theater, 2010)
  • The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928) (New York Theatre Workshop, 2008)
  • No Great Society (P.S.122, 2006)
  • Gatz (World Premiere, Brussels, 2006)
  • Room Tone (P.S.122, 2002)
  • Highway to Tomorrow (HERE Arts Center, 2000).
  • Total Fictional Lie (P.S.122, 1998).
  • Cab Legs (P.S.122, 1997).
  • Shut-up I Tell You (I Said, Shut-up I Tell You) (P.S.122 1996).
  • McGurk: A Cautionary Tale (HERE Arts Center, 1994).
  • Language Instruction: Love Family vs. Andy Kaufman (HERE Arts Center, 1994).
  • Spine Check (Soho Rep, 1993).
  • Marx Brothers on Horseback Salad (Ohio Theater, 1992).
  • Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher (Nada, 1991).


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