Les Waters

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Les Waters
BornApril 1952, 65
OccupationTheatre director

Les Waters (born in Cleethorpes, England)[1] is a British theatre director. Waters was the Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has directed plays Off-Broadway and also at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Actors Theatre.


Waters is currently working as a freelance director. [2]

From 2012-2018, he served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville.[3] At Actors Theatre, Waters’ directing credits included the world premieres of Mark Schultz's "Evocation to Visible Appearance", Anne Washburn's and Dave Malloy's "Little Bunny Foo Foo", Jorge Ignacio CortiñasRecent Alien Abductions, Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, Chuck Mee’s The Glory of the World, Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point, Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, and Will Eno’s Gnit.[4] Additional directing credits at Actors Theatre include Macbeth, Luna Gale, Our Town, Girlfriend and Long Day’s Journey into Night.[4] Les Waters’ directing debut with Actors Theatre was at the 2000 Humana Festival of New American Plays, where he directed the world premiere of Chuck Mee’s Big Love.[4] In 2002 Waters and Mee received the Obie Award Special Citation for Big Love.[5]

He had previously served as associate artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre from 2003 to 2011.[4]

His productions at Berkeley Rep include the world premieres of Chuck Mee's Fêtes de la Nuit, Jordan Harrison's Finn in the Underworld, Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) and Adele Edling Shank's To the Lighthouse;[6] the American premiere of Will Eno'sTragedy: a tragedy;[7] the West Coast premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice; and extended runs of The Glass Menagerie, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore,[8] and Yellowman.[9]

His New York credits include directing for BAM, Classic Stage Company, the Connelly Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Second Stage Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb and Soho Rep.[4] 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, Goodman Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre.[4]

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.[10]

From 1995 to 2003, Waters led the M.F.A. directing program at UC San Diego.[11]



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  2. ^ https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/05/23/les-waterss-vision-of-life/
  3. ^ Lee, Felicia R.. "Les Waters Named New Artistic Director at Actors Theater of Louisville". The New York Times, retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Les Waters - Actors Theatre of Louisville". Actors Theatre of Louisville. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ "2001–2002 Obie Awards". www.infoplease.com. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ 23, Kerry Reid / February; 2007,. "Heading to the ‘Lighthouse’ | Chad Jones' Theater Dogs". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Will Eno's 'Tragedy' Premieres at Berkeley Rep; Les Waters Directs". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Theater review: `The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ | Chad Jones' Theater Dogs". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Les Waters - Berkeley Rep". bookwaves.homestead.com. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Les Waters | Goodman Theatre". www.goodmantheatre.org. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  11. ^ "UC San Diego Theatre & Dance People". theatre.ucsd.edu. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  12. ^ "The Top Ten Moments in Theatre of 2009". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  13. ^ Isherwood, Charles (19 June 2007). "Eurydice - Theater - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Apparition | Theater | reviews, guides, things to do, film - Time Out New York". Time Out New York. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  15. ^ Soloski, Alexis (18 September 2015). "The Christians review - a mature and elusive play about faith". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  16. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Top 10 Plays & Musicals of 2015". TIME.com. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Humana Festival play 'The Christians' tests rigors of faith". USA TODAY. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  18. ^ Isherwood, Charles (24 December 2006). "Top 10 - Theater". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  19. ^ "02 | Obie Awards". Obie Awards. Retrieved 21 July 2017.

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