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J.R. Sullivan

J. R. Sullivan is a director, producer, and writer, having worked in theaters nationwide as well as heading companies as artistic director. He was the Artistic Director of New York’s Off-Broadway Pearl Theatre Company, presented with a Drama Desk Award in 2011, where he directed productions of Hard Times, Playboy of the Western World, Widowers’ Houses, Biography, The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard II, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and the New York premiere of Wittenberg. Sullivan was the founder and producing director of the New American Theater in northern Illinois, a company that thrived under his direction until 1994, when Sullivan moved on to a free-lance directing career prior to his work at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and then in New York City. He served as associate artistic director for USF from 2002-2009, and has continued since that time as a director, staging productions ranging from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, including Amadeus, Hamlet, Henry V, The Glass Menagerie, and most recently, Romeo and Juliet. His work has also been seen in regional theaters nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Theatre X, Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, the Delaware Theatre Company, and the Resident Ensemble Players at the University of Delaware. In Chicago he has directed for Northlight Theatre, American Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, Live Bait Theatre, Prop Theatre, and the Onyx Theatre. His adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, in collaboration with Joseph Hanreddy,have been produced at regional houses nationwide, including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Oregon and Utah Shakespeare festivals, South Coast Repertory Theater, Round House Theatre, People’s Light & Theater Company, The Cincinnati Playhouse, and Connecticut Rep.

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