Les Waters

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Les Waters
Born Cleethorpes, England
Occupation Theatre director

Les Waters (born in Cleethorpes, England)[1] is a notable British theatre director. In January 2012, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Actors Theater of Louisville.[2] He had previously served as associate artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre for the last six years.


Waters has a history of collaborating with prominent playwrights like Caryl Churchill and Charles Mee, and champions important new voices such as Will Eno, Jordan Harrison, Sarah Ruhl and Anne Washburn.[3]

His productions at Berkeley Rep include the world premieres of Fêtes de la Nuit, Finn in the Underworld, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and To the Lighthouse;[4] the American premiere of Tragedy: a tragedy;[5] the West Coast premiere of Eurydice; and extended runs of The Glass Menagerie, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore,[6] and Yellowman.[3] In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is heading to Broadway this fall.[7]

His New York credits include Classic Stage Company, the Connelly Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Second Stage Theatre and Signature Theatre Company. Elsewhere in America, he has directed for A Contemporary Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, the Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Yale Repertory Theatre.[3]

In his native England, Waters has worked with the Bristol Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre Club, Joint Stock Theatre Group, National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Traverse Theatre Club.[3]

Waters formerly led the M.F.A. directing program at UC San Diego, and is an associate artist of The Civilians, a theatre group based in New York.[8]