Robert Brustein

Playwright, director, actor, educator, theater founder

Robert Brustein is a veteran of World War II, a former Professor of English at Harvard University, former drama critic for The New Republic and former Dean of the Yale Drama School. He is now a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University.

He was the founding director of the Yale Repertory Theatre (not to mention Yale Cabaret and Yale Theatre magazine) and also the American Repertory Theatre where he served for 20 years as Artistic Director. During this time he founded the ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. Having retired from that post in 2002, he now serves as Founding Director. He is the author of eighteen books (his first being The Theatre of Revolt), twelve adaptations (Including the Klezmer musical Shlemiel The First), and eight plays (including a trilogy about Shakespeare). New Repertory Theatre is about to produce his new Klezmer musical with Hankus Netsky called King of the Schnorrers, and a political satire called Exposed is scheduled for next year. His latest book is Winter Passages. He has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and was awarded the 2010 Medal of Arts by President Obama at the White House. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, where he was honored for his contributions to the arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.