The Art of the Artistic Director: Conversations with Leading Practitioners

The Art of the Artistic Director: Conversations with Leading Practitioners

by Christopher Haydon


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How do you decide what stories an audience should hear? How do you make your theatre stand out in a crowded and intensely competitive marketplace? How do you make your building a home for artistic risk and innovation, while ensuring the books are balanced? It is the artistic director's job to answer all these questions, and many more. Yet, despite the central role that these people play in the modern theatre industry, very little has been written about what they do or how they do it.

In The Art of the Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon (former artistic director of the Gate Theatre, 'London's most relentlessly ambitious theatre' – Time Out) compiles a fascinating set of interviews that get to the heart of what it is to occupy this unique role. He speaks to twenty of the most prominent and successful artistic directors in the US and UK, including: Oskar Eustis (Public Theater, New York), Diane Paulus (American
Repertory Theater, Boston), Rufus Norris (National Theatre, London) and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court Theatre, London), uncovering the essential skills and abilities that go into making an accomplished artistic director.

The only book of its kind available, The Art of the Artistic Director includes a foreword by Michael Grandage, former artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible and the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350016934
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Christopher Haydon was artistic director of the Gate Theatre, London, from 2012-2017. Prior to that, he was an associate director at the Bush Theatre, London, from 2008-2011. He was a 2017 fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme. His work as a director has been seen in the West End, nationally and internationally.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: David Lan – Young Vic
Chapter 2: Vicky Featherstone – Royal Court (Formerly National Theatre Scotland, Paines Plough)
Chapter 3: Indhu Rubasingham – Tricycle Theatre
Chapter 4: Josie Rourke – Donmar Warehouse (Formerly Bush Theatre)
Chapter 5: Rufus Norris – National Theatre
UK Regional
Chapter 6: Sarah Frankcom – Manchester Royal Exchange
Chapter 7: Tom Morris – Bristol Old Vic (Formerly BAC and also currently as Associate Director at the NT)
Chapter 8: John McGrath – Manchester International Festival (Formerly National Theatre Wales and Contact Theatre, Manchester)
Chapter 9: Erica Whyman – Deputy AD at the RSC (Formerly Northern Stage and Gate Theatre)
Chapter 10: Orla O'Loughlin –Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
New York
Chapter 11: Oskar Eustis – Public Theatre (Formerly Associate AD at The Mark Taper Forum, LA and AD of Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco)
Chapter 12: Sarah Benson – Soho Rep
Chapter 13: Lynne Meadows – Manhattan Theatre Club
Chapter 14: Jim Nicola – New York Theatre Workshop
Chapter 15: Neil Pepe – Atlantic Theatre Company
US Regional
Chapter 16: Diane Paulus – American Repertory Theatre, Boston
Chapter 17: Kwame Kwei Armah – Centre Stage, Baltimore
Chapter 18: Howard Shalwitz – Woolly Mammoth, Washington DC
Chapter 19: Robert Falls – Goodman Theatre, Chicago
Chapter 20: Martha Lavey – Former Artistic Director of Steppenwolf, Chicago

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