Monday, January 18, 2010

Les Waters

Les Waters has served as associate artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre since 2003. His shows ranked among the Top 10 Plays of 2007 in Time Magazine, 2006 in the New York Times and 2005 in TimeOut New York.

Waters has a history of collaborating with prominent playwrights like Caryl Churchill, Charles Mee and Wallace Shawn, and champions important new voices such as Will Eno, Jordan Harrison, Sarah Ruhl and Anne Washburn.

This fall, Waters and Ruhl make their Broadway debuts with In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), which began in Berkeley. Waters’ other credits at Berkeley Rep include the world premieres of Fêtes de la Nuit, Finn in the Underworld and To the Lighthouse; the American premiere of TRAGEDY: a tragedy; the West Coast premiere of Eurydice; and extended runs of The Glass Menagerie, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman and Yellowman.

He won an Obie Award for Big Love, staging its premiere at the Humana Festival and subsequent runs at Berkeley Rep, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre. His New York credits also include Classic Stage Company, the Connelly Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Second Stage Theatre and Signature Theatre Company. Elsewhere in America, he has directed for ACT/Seattle, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, the Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Yale Repertory Theatre. In his native England, Waters worked with the Bristol Old Vic, Hampstead Theatre Club, Joint Stock Theatre Group, National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Traverse Theatre Club.

Waters led the M.F.A. directing program at UC San Diego and is an associate artist of The Civilians, a theatre group based in New York. His many honors include a Drama-Logue Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, a KPBS Patte and several awards from critics’ circles in the Bay Area, Connecticut and Tokyo.