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Tony Award-Winning Theater Director John Doyle joins Lewis Center for the Arts' Faculty


Steve Runk     
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

The Program in Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University announced that Tony Award-winning theater director John Doyle will join the faculty as a Class of 1932 Visiting Lecturer beginning September 2013. It is anticipated Doyle will teach during fall semesters through 2015. 

Headshot of John DoyleDoyle has been artistic director of four regional theater companies in the United Kingdom and has an extensive freelance directing career in theater, film and opera. Among his credits in the U.S. are Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received the 2006 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical; Company, which received the 2007 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic's Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical; Los Angeles Opera's Mahagonny, which earned two Grammy Awards; a nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical for Passion at Classic Stage Company; and Caucasian Chalk Circle at American Conservatory Theater.  He has also directed numerous productions in London's West End, at the Sydney Opera House, Stratford Festival Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, La Fenice in Venice, Williamstown Theater Festival, Second Stage Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Doyle has become known for his minimalist direction of Stephen Sondheim musicals and for his method of working with actor/musicians, as he did in Sweeney Todd and Company, in which the actors also performed the instrumental score for the production.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have a director of John's accomplishment and vision join our faculty," noted Michael Cadden, Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. "Although best known in this country for his innovative approach to the Sondheim canon, John is no one trick pony. He has had a long and illustrious career dedicated to reimagining a wide range of theatrical classics for the contemporary stage. I envy our students the opportunity they have to learn from a man who has built his reputation by taking artistic risks."

"Our students are immensely creative," adds Tim Vasen, Director of the Program in Theater, "and we are looking forward to watching John's inventive approach to theater as it engages with the enthusiasm and willingness of our students to try new things."

This fall Doyle will teach two Princeton undergraduate courses. In the workshop course "Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer," students will explore how performance skills can illuminate new forms of theater-making based on Doyle's device of engaging actor/musicians. "The Nature of Theatrical Reinvention" will focus on how iconic pieces of theater can be re-explored for modern audiences.

"I am thrilled to be commencing a relationship with the faculty and students at Princeton," notes Doyle. "To be a small part of such a prestigious university is truly an honor."

Doyle visited Princeton in spring 2012 as part of the Lewis Center's Music Theater Lab lecture series. In 2011 he conceived and directed Ten Cents a Dance, a production based on the music and lyrics of Rogers and Hart, at McCarter Theatre.

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Photo caption:  Tony Award-winning theater director John Doyle will join the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater faculty at Princeton University beginning this fall.
Photo credit:  Photo by Catherine Ashmore


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