A longtime Guthrie staffer, he influenced theatre across the U.S. and overseas with a humble but indomitable spirit.
He led Sundance Theatre Lab with wit, grit, and passion, often leading feedback sessions as lengthy and involved as the plays themselves.
The Guthrie’s first TD and a longtime theatre dean at USC, he launched countless careers with his unassuming, get-to-work ethos.
Among the legendary producer/director’s many gifts was an unflinching faith in his work, which was infectious if not imitable.
The Dallas troupe’s founding artistic director left a legacy of new and experimental work, both in her adopted hometown and around the world.
Playwright Mark Medoff, who won the Tony and the Olivier for his play Children of a Lessser God and who taught screenwriting and acting the University of New Mexico for 27 years, died on April 23 at the age of 79. I first met Mark Medoff at an audition. It was at the Mark Taper Forum annex in Los Angeles, and I was reading for him and the director Gordon Davidson, for a role in Mark’s new play, Children of a Lesser God. Though I had…
In every show he directed at my theatre, he’d always try to work in a cigar prop and hide a six-pack of beer somewhere on the set.
Civil Rights activism and theatre were integrally intertwined in the life’s work of the founder of Free Southern Theater and Junebug Productions.
We were just two gentlemen who worked on a show together, but oh, the music he made.
In his years at Yale Rep and ART, this extraordinarily versatile actor/director set the bar for generations of stage artists.