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Les Waters (born in Cleethorpes, England) is a notable British theatre director. In January 2012, he was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Actors Theater of Louisville. 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.
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; the American premiere of Tragedy: a tragedy; the West Coast premiere of Eurydice; and extended runs of The Glass Menagerie, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Yellowman. In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) is heading to Broadway this fall.
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.
- Top 10 Theater Productions of 2007 in Time Magazine for Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice 
- Best Theater of 2006 in the New York Times for Eurydice 
- Top 10 Plays of 2005 in TimeOut New York
- He won an Obie Award in 2002 for Big Love, staging its premiere at the Humana Festival and subsequent runs at Berkeley Rep, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre.
- Drama-Logue Award
- Edinburgh Fringe First Award
- KPBS Patte
- Several awards from critics’ circles in the Bay Area, Connecticut and Tokyo.
- "Staff," Les Waters bio, Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Accessed July 19, 2009.