Steven Woolf (Artistic Director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) received his BA in theatre and MFA in directing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an honorary doctorate by the University of Missouri St. Louis. He is one of the first recipients of Webster University’s Declaration of Merit. His past direction at The Rep includes You Can’t Take It With You, The Diary of Anne Frank, Frost/Nixon, The History Boys, The Pillowman, Humble Boy, Pirandello’s Henry IV, The Retreat From Moscow, The Crucible, blue/orange, Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, Copenhagen, The Shape of Things, ART, Dinner With Friends, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Death of a Salesman, Betrayal, As Bees in Honey Drown, Skylight, A Question of Mercy, Arcadia, The Life of Galileo, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Living, Death and the Maiden, Six Degrees of Separation, Sight Unseen, Other People’s Money, Terra Nova, Dog Logic, The Voice of the Prairie, Company and A Life in the Theatre. He directed the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland. For the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University he has directed Angels in America–Part One, Two Rockin’ Gents, Jeffrey and The Crucible. For Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre he directed The Sunshine Boys, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Camelot, Crimes of the Heart, Driving Miss Daisy, Wait Until Dark, Lion in Winter, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Born Yesterday, The Boys Next Door, The Dresser and most recently, The Diary of Anne Frank. His production of The Voice of the Prairie has been seen at Totem Pole Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he directed The Crucible, honored as Best Play in the region by two major critical award panels, Skylight and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. He has directed plays such as The Physicists, The Fantasticks, U.S.A., The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Stop the World I Want To Get Off, Jacques Brel is Alive..., and many others around the country. While in New York he served as the project producer of the original productions of The Robber Bridegroom and The Red Blue-Grass Western Flyer Show and was co-producer of Tom Griffin’s Workers. Off-Off-Broadway he directed Impulse and Chicken Soup and worked on The Acting Company’s Broadway season at the Billy Rose Theatre. Stock work has taken him to places such as Lakewood Musical Playhouse, Ivoryton and Cecilwood Theatres. He has worked in major regional theatres
including long-term residencies at the world famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and at StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is thrilled to have been honored by the Arts and Education Council which awarded him the St. Louis Arts Award for Individual Excellence in the Arts, and by the Missouri Citizens for the Arts which awarded The Rep its Arts Award for Advocacy, and he is pleased to be among the first recipients of “The Good Guy Award” given by the St. Louis Women’s Political Caucus. He serves as a panelist and an on-site evaluator for the theatre program for the National Endowment for the Arts and served on the advisory panel for the Regional Arts Commission and the ad hoc committees for program assistance and touring for the Missouri Arts Council. He served on the executive committee and the national negotiating committee for the League of Resident Theatres, as well as on the board of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, and he is a trustee of the IATSE Local #6 health fund. He has been on the faculty of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School under John Houseman and is adjunct faculty at Webster University. He served on the board of the Kevin Kline Awards.

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