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. Waters is the Artistic Director of the Actors Theater of Louisville. He has directed plays Off-Broadway and also at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Actors Theater.


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, including 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 2000 he directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival, and in 2001 he directed the play at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.[7][8] Waters and Mee received the 2002 Obie Award. Special Citations for Big Love.[9]

His New York credits include directing for 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. [10] 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.[11]



  1. ^ "FindArticles.com | CBSi". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ Lee, Felicia R.. "Les Waters Named New Artistic Director at Actors Theater of Louisville". The New York Times, retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Staff," Les Waters bio, Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Accessed July 19, 2009.
  4. ^ 23, Kerry Reid / February; 2007,. "Heading to the ‘Lighthouse’ | Chad Jones' Theater Dogs". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  5. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Will Eno's 'Tragedy' Premieres at Berkeley Rep; Les Waters Directs". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Theater review: `The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ | Chad Jones' Theater Dogs". Retrieved on 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ Simonson, Robert. Charles L. Mee's 'Big Love' Finally Opens in NYC, Nov. 30-Dec. 8" Playbill, November 21, 2001
  8. ^ Lohrey, Dave. "A CurtainUp Review. Big Love " CurtainUp, December 2, 2001
  9. ^ a b "Awards, 2002" villagevoice.com, retrieved March 6, 2017
  10. ^ "Les Waters Off-Broadway" lortel.org, retrieved March 6, 2017
  11. ^ "Les Waters" ucsd.edu
  12. ^ Zoglin, Richard (9 December 2007). "Top 10 Everything of 2007 - TIME". Retrieved on 4 March 2017 – www.time.com.
  13. ^ Isherwood, Charles (24 December 2006). "Top 10 - Theater". Retrieved on 4 March 2017 – The New York Times

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