Don't Miss the USITT 2018 Keynote Speech of Joseph Haj, the Director of the Guthrie Theater

Stage Directions

“If you’re a ballplayer and the Yankees call, you go,” said production director David Stewart. “And if you’re in theater and Joe Haj calls you to come join him at the Guthrie? Hell, yeah, you’re coming.”

Haj has directed and performed in theaters throughout the United States including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the New York Public Theater, the Alley, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Folger and many others. Named by American Theatre magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will have a significant impact on the field over the next quarter century, Haj is a visionary leader at one of the nation’s top regional theaters.

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The 2016-17 George Jean Nathan Award goes to Sara Holdren
The 2016-17 George Jean Nathan Award goes to Sara Holdren

Sara Holdren Wins the 2016-17 George Jean Nathan Award

Kathy Eddy

In a theatrical season marked by debate over the representation of women onstage and off, and by controversy surrounding male critics’ assessments of women’s stage artistry, Sara Holdren has emerged as a powerful and uncompromising new critical voice in the theater. Her debut review essay, “The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged: A Misguided Joan of Arc at the Public Theater,” published in the online journal Culturebot in April 2017, provided an impassioned and razor-sharp critique so articulate and compelling that New York magazine soon thereafter appointed her its new theater critic. The essay has inspired the selection committee of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism to select Holdren as the 2016-2017 winner.

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