Oskar Eustis

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Oskar Eustis (born July 31, 1958) is the Artistic Director at The Public Theater at Astor Place and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country.[1] He grew up in Minnesota, and his mother and step-father were members of the Communist Party. [2]

Career[edit]

Oskar Eustis has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. He came to The Public from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI where he served as Artistic Director from 1994 to 2005. Eustis served as Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum from 1989 to 1994, and prior to that he was with the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, serving as Resident Director and Dramaturg from 1981 to 1986 and Artistic Director from 1986 to 1989. He started the Red Wing Company when he was sixteen with Stephan Muller. [3]

At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise, as well as Larry Wright’s The Human Scale, and the 2008 Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others.

He was a professor of Theatre, Speech and Dance at Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. He also served on the faculty of The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University.[4]

Artistic Influences[edit]

Oskar Eustis's work as a dramaturg was influenced heavily by the tradition of German theatre and the tradition of the avant-garde. He was also heavily influenced in his youth by by David Hare, Caryl Churchill, Howard Barker, and David Edgar. [5]

Productions[edit]

Director

Compulsion by Rinne Groff. Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall in New York, NY. (2011).

Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Delacorte Theatre in New York, NY. (2008). Was also the artistic director.

The Ruby Sunrise by Rinne Groff. Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall in New York, NY. (2005). Was also the artistic director.

Thunder Knocking on the Door by Keith Glover, music and lyrics by Keb’Mo’ and Anderson Edwards. Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, NY. (2002).

Day Standing on Its Head by Philip Kan Gotanda. Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II in New York, NY. (1993).

Artistic Director

The Library by Scott Z. Burns. Joseph Papp Public Theater/Newman Theater in New York, NY. (2014).

Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot. Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York, NY. (2011).

The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York, NY. (2001).

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York, NY. (2011).

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York, NY. (2010-2011).

Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot. Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York, NY. (2010-2011).

Passing Strange by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York, NY. (2009-2010).

Well by Lisa Kron. Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in New York, NY. (2008).

Dramaturg

Homebody/Kabul at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York, NY. (2001). [6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Medium Role Notes
2007 Working in the Theatre TV series Himself Episode 29.6
2010 Made Here TV series documentary Himself
2011 Stage Left: A Story of Theatre in San Francisco Documentary Himself
2011-2012 Charlie Rose TV series Himself 2 episodes
2012 Gossip Girl TV series Himself Episode 6.2
2013 Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus Documentary Himself

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.publictheater.org
  2. ^ Bogart, Anne. Conversations with Anne: Twenty-four Interviews. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012. Print.
  3. ^ Bogart, Anne. Conversations with Anne: Twenty-four Interviews. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012. Print.
  4. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/03/22/100322fa_fact_mead
  5. ^ Bogart, Anne. Conversations with Anne: Twenty-four Interviews. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012. Print.
  6. ^ http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=424545
  7. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Oskar-Eustis/#.Ux0Y0WRDsSg
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1539000/

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