Steve Cosson

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Steve Cosson is a writer and director specializing in the creation of new theatre work inspired by real life, as well as a free-lance director of new plays, musicals, and classics. He is the founding Artistic Director of the New York-based investigative theater company The Civilians.[1] Cosson won an Obie award in 2004 for his work with The Civilians [2] and his play (I Am) Nobody's Lunch won a coveted First Fringe award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006 [3] He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, a MacDowell Fellow, twice participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab, and a Resident Director at New Dramatists. His plays have been published by Oberon Books in the UK, Dramatists Play Service, and an anthology of his plays with The Civilians was published by Playscripts Inc.[4]


Cosson received his BA from Dartmouth College and holds an MFA in directing from UC San Diego, where he studied under director and Joint Stock member Les Waters.[5]


With The Civilians: writer/director of The Great Immensity, music by Michael Friedman, created in residence with the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Princeton Atelier;[6] co-writer and director of This Beautiful City, which premiered to excellent reviews at the Humana Festival and then completed a critically acclaimed run at Vineyard Theatre (Drama Desk, Drama-League, Lortel Nominations);[7] co-writer and director of Brooklyn At Eye Level, produced at Brooklyn’s Lyceum Theatre; co-writer/director of Paris Commune produced in The Public Theater’s PublicLAB series; writer/director of the long-running hit Gone Missing which has toured for several years throughout the U.S. and the U.K. culminating in a seven-month Off Broadway run at Barrow Street Theater (New York Times’ Top 10 of 2007 list); writer/director (I Am) Nobody's Lunch (Fringe First award) and director of the company’s first show Canard, Canard, Goose?.[8] Cosson has also directed The Civilians’ work at A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, The MoMA; London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre among many others.[9]

Cosson’s recent directing credits include Bus Stop at Kansas City Rep, Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon (O’Neill Center); Michael Friedman: Adventures in Reality (Lincoln Center Theater); new plays at theaters including Hartford Stage, Soho Rep, O’Neill Conference, New Harmony Project and others.[10]


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  3. ^ Eaton, Andrew."Equals among firsts." The Scotsman (December 23, 2009).
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  5. ^ Zinoman, Jason. "The Feel A Homeland Security Song Coming On." The New York Times. January 29, 2006.
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  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "In a Transformed City, Falling in and Out of Grace." The New York Times. Feb 23, 2009.
  8. ^ Estvanik, Nicole. "What Do You Believe?" American Theatre Magazine. Dec 1, 2004.
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