Guest Artists & Directors



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Prominent guest directors work with students over a period of six weeks on a production that culminates in a show performed as part of the main stage season. Guest artists work with students over a two-week period in a workshop setting that concludes with a presentation.

Past Guest Directors

Koryu Nishikawa VKoryu Nishikawa V: Nishikawa is fifth-generation headmaster of Japanese puppet company Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo. His studies of traditional Japanese dance and Bunraku puppetry add depth and versatility to his art. Nishikawa performs in and experiments with both traditional and non-traditional productions.

Alexander GemignaniAlexander Gemignani: Gemignani is an actor whose Broadway credits include VioletThe People in the PictureSunday in the Park with GeorgeLes MiserablesSouth Pacific, and Sweeney Todd.

Kristin MartingKristin Marting: Kristin Marting is co-founder and Artistic Director of HERE, an award-winning collaborative multiarts center and theatre-producing organization based in New York City.

Jackson GayJackson Gay: Jackson Gay’s New York directing credits include numerous productions at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, Women’s Project, Mint Theatre, and Second Stage Juiliard. Her regional credits include productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre, and Alley Theatre. She is on faculty at Columbia University and Primary Stages ESPA School of Theater.

Lear deBessonetLear deBessonet: Lear deBessonet is the founder of the Public Theater’s Public Works program that produces free, massive, community-cast musicals in Central Park’s Delacorte amphitheater. The program also offers a year-round program of readings, workshops, classes, and arts projects with participant groups in New York’s five boroughs.

Past Guest Artists/Workshops

The CiviliansSteve Cosson/The Civilians: Led by Artistic Director Steve Cosson, award-winning company The Civilians creates new theater from creative investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Works by the company have toured extensively with presentations in more than 40 cities nationally, and internationally at London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre.

Ping ChongPing Chong: Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning theatre director, playwright, and video and installation artist. Since 1972, he has created more than 90 works for the stage, and has taught at numerous universities, including Harvard and NYU. In 2006, Ping Chong was named a USA Artist Fellows in recognition of his contributions to American arts and culture.