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Les Waters

 
Bio:
Les Waters is an Obie Award winner, was Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 2012–2018, where he directed The Thin Place, Evocation To Visible Appearance, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Recent Alien Abductions, MacBeth, For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday, The Glory Of The World, Luna ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Les Waters is an Obie Award winner, was Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 2012–2018, where he directed The Thin Place, Evocation To Visible Appearance, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Recent Alien Abductions, MacBeth, For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday, The Glory Of The World, Luna ... (read complete bio)

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[Off-Broadway, 2020]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Off-Broadway, 2015]
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[Broadway, 2009]
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[Off-Broadway, 2007]
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[Off-Broadway, 2007]
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[Off-Broadway, 2005]
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[Off-Broadway, 2005]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
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[Off-Broadway, 1993]
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[Off-Broadway, 1991]
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[Off-Broadway, 1990]
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[Off-Broadway, 1988]
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[Off-Broadway, 1986]
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[Off-Broadway, 1984]
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[Off-Broadway, 1983]
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Les Waters Biography

Les Waters is an Obie Award winner, was Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 2012–2018, where he directed The Thin Place, Evocation To Visible Appearance, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Recent Alien Abductions, MacBeth, For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday, The Glory Of The World, Luna Gale, At The Vanishing Point, The Christians, Our Town, Gnit, Girlfriends, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Big Love. From 2003–2011, he served as Associate Artistic Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. His productions have been seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Second Stage Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and regionally at theatres such as Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Repertory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995–2003.

Les Waters Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Direction of a Play
Les Waters, Dana H.

Les Waters News

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by BWW - Dec 27, 2022

12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Transcendence T Photo 12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Transcendence Theatre Company Leads Favorite Local Theatre!
by BWW - Dec 19, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 19th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Latest Stats Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards;  at Ray of Lig Photo Latest Stats Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; at Ray of Light Theatre Leads Best Ensemble Performance!
by BWW - Dec 12, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 12th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Ray of Lig Photo Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Ray of Light Theatre Leads Favorite Local Theatre!
by BWW - Dec 5, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 5th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Ray of Light's KINKY Photo First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards; Ray of Light's KINKY BOOTS Leads Best Musical
by BWW Staff - Nov 21, 2022

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

SWING STATE at Goodman Theatre Adds Two Performances in Final Week Photo SWING STATE at Goodman Theatre Adds Two Performances in Final Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 22, 2022

On the heels of a standing-room-only opening night and wide critical praise for the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Swing State—a “riveting, deeply moving, empathy-generating, extraordinary new play (by) a great poet of the upper Midwest” (Chicago Tribune)—Goodman Theatre adds two performances to the final week of Tony Award-winning director Robert Falls' world-premiere production.

Interview: Kathryn Keats of THE HUMMINGBIRD at The Marsh Tells the Truth to Create a  Photo Interview: Kathryn Keats of THE HUMMINGBIRD at The Marsh Tells the Truth to Create a Gripping New Piece of Musical Theatre
by Jim Munson - Oct 7, 2022

BroadwayWorld talks to performer/writer Kathryn Keats about her gripping new solo musical 'The Hummingbird' running at The Marsh San Francisco from October 14 - November 18. It tells her true story of coming to New York at 17 with Broadway dreams only to find herself in an abusive relationship that led to her living in anonymity for 22 years.

Molly Rosa Houlahan Joins People's Light As Associate Producing Director Photo Molly Rosa Houlahan Joins People's Light As Associate Producing Director
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2022

Molly Rosa Houlahan joins the artistic team at People's Light as Associate Producing Director. Founded in 1974, People's Light serves as one of Pennsylvania's most accomplished professional non-profit theatres, known for its resident company of artists, wide array of productions, and innovative work with young people. In this role, Houlahan serves as a creative producer, collaborating with artistic and executive leadership to oversee the organization's creative and civic vision.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program Presents MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY  Photo Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program Presents MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY 
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 1, 2022

The Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company MFA Programs in Acting and Directing present Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn with music by Michael Friedman, directed by Molly Houlahan. 

Cast Announced for World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman's SWING STATE at Goodman Theatre Photo Cast Announced for World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman's SWING STATE at Goodman Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2022

Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Rebecca Gilman will mark her 10th production at Goodman Theatre, her longtime creative home, with Swing State—directed by Tony Award-winner Robert Falls in their 6th collaboration over 35 years. Swing State appears October 7 – November 13 in the 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre.

Les Waters Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside DANA H.'s Opening Night on Broadway! Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside DANA H.'s Opening Night on Broadway!

by Team BWW - Oct 24, 2021

Dana H., by Obie Award winner Lucas Hnath and directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, opened earlier this week on October 17, at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre, playing on a rotating schedule with Is This a Room. Deirdre O'Connell reprises her Obie Award-winning performance.

VIDEO: First Look at A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 at Berkeley Rep Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 at Berkeley Rep

by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents A Doll's House, Part 2, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters, which begins previews on Thursday, September 6 and runs through Sunday, October 21. Individual tickets begin at $30 ($15 if you're under 35) and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949 beginning August 12, 2018. Subscription tickets are available now. 

VIDEO: Go Inside The Costumes Of A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at Berkeley Rep Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside The Costumes Of A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at Berkeley Rep

by Alan Henry - Sep 7, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced final casting for A Doll's House, Part 2, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters, which begins previews on Thursday, September 6 and runs through Sunday, October 21. Individual tickets begin at $30 ($15 if you're under 35) and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949 beginning August 12, 2018. Subscription tickets are available now. Press night of this first show of Berkeley Rep's 50th anniversary season will be on Thursday, September 13.

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Meet and Greet for A DOLL'S  Videoplay
VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Meet and Greet for A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2

by Stage Tube - Aug 14, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents A Doll's House, Part 2, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters, which begins previews on Thursday, September 6 and runs through Sunday, October 21. Individual tickets begin at $30 ($15 if you're under 35) and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949 beginning August 12, 2018. Subscription tickets are available now. 

VIDEO: Cincinnati Ensemble Theater Presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Videoplay
VIDEO: Cincinnati Ensemble Theater Presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

by Stage Tube - Jun 6, 2018

Take a walk on the wild side! Dressed to impress, Todd Almond steps back into the title role of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's season closer Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Written by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, this award-winning rock musical is an innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny story of a gender-crossed glam rocker determined to become a superstar. The regional revival of ETC's 2001 and 2003 hit production is a rocking ride, entertaining, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile. Playing June 5-July 1, 2018. Directed by D. Lynn Meyers. Presented by The Rosenthal Family Foundation and sponsored by LPK.

VIDEO: MILES FOR MARY Makes New York Return and Off-Broadway Premiere at Playwright's Videoplay
VIDEO: MILES FOR MARY Makes New York Return and Off-Broadway Premiere at Playwright's Horizons

by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2017

After a smash run last fall, Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) will present MILES FOR MARY, a new play by The Mad Ones. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, MILES FOR MARY received critical acclaim during its fall 2016 run at The Bushwick Starr. Watch the new trailer below!

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Band - Behind the Scenes with GIRLFRIEND at the Douglas
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2015

Rock musical 'Girlfriend' opens at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre this Sunday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Featuring a book by Todd Almond and music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet, the rock musical about first love will continue through August 9. Previews began on July 12. Click below to go behind the scenes with the band!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Berkeley Rep's FALLACI World Premiere
by Stage Tube - Mar 11, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It is a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don't miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci is currently in previews in the Roda Theatre and opens March 13, running through April 21. Below, check out a sneak peek at FALLACI, Berkeley Rep's new world premiere about one of the first rock stars of modern journalism!

STAGE TUBE: Artistic Director Tony Taccone Introduces FALLACI at Berkeley Rep
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2013

Even as his latest book attracts international attention, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. A reporter renowned for his work with The New Yorker - and the bestselling author behind The Looming Tower and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Wright is also the playwright who penned My Trip to al Qaeda and The Human Scale. Now he debuts a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don't miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci begins previews in the Roda Theatre on March 8, opens March 13, and runs through April 21. Below, watch a video of Artistic Director Tony Taccone introducing the play!

STAGE TUBE: Yale Rep's DEAR ELIZABETH - Backstage and Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Dec 6, 2012

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's DEAR ELIZABETH, a play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again, directed by Les Waters, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street), November 30-December 22. Opening Night is tonight, December 6. The cast of DEAR ELIZABETH is Mary Beth Fisher and Jefferson Mays. Click below to go backstage with the stars, plus watch highlights from the show!


Les Waters Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Les Waters been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Dana H. .