Founding Artistic Director
Jeffrey Horowitz began his career in theatre as an actor and has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Horowitz graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then trained as an actor for three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.In 1979, he founded Theatre for a New Audience, whose cornerstone is Shakespeare. Horowitz has produced twenty four of Shakespeare’s plays, Greek, Jacobean and Italian classical drama and contemporary classics by Harley Granville-Barker and Edward Bond. He has also commissioned and developed new plays from authors such as Suzan-Lori Parks and Elizabeth Swados.Under his leadership, Theatre for a New Audience has grown from a touring theatre into one of New York’s leading classical theatres. He has nurtured relationships with many of the finest American and European directors including JoAnne Akaliatis, Peter Brook, Karin Coonrod, Ron Daniels, William Gaskill, Sir Peter Hall, Doug Hughes, Dalia Ibelhauptaite, Barry Kyle, Michael Langham, Mark Rylance, Bartlett Sher, Julie Taymor and Robert Woodruff. At Theatre for a New Audience, he began the American Director’s Project to support the next wave of American classical artists and built a relationship with the internationally recognized Cicely Berry, Director of Voice, Royal Shakespeare Company.The work of artists affiliated with Theatre for a New Audience has won many theatre awards and nominations, including the Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, OBIE and Tony. Several of Theatre for a New Audience’s productions have gone on to a future life: Green Bird directed by Julie Taymor opened on Broadway April, 2000; both The Tempest and Titus Andronicusalso directed by Taymor and produced by Theatre for a New Audience have been made into films starring Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. In October, 2001, Theatre for a New Audience became the first American theatre to be invited to bring a production of Shakespeare to the RSC’s Other Place in Stratford.The Theatre has, under Horowitz’ leadership, been committed to programs of education and access. For adult audiences, authors and intellectuals such as Robert Caro, Stanley Kauffmann, Tony Kushner, Robert MacNeil and Susan Sontag and scholars such as David Kastan and James Shapiro lead spirited symposia, in conjunction with productions. For students, Theatre for a New Audience built the largest programs for introducing Shakespeare in the New York City Public Schools. The programs are now nationally recognized. Several thousand students take part each year and 122,000 young people have been served since the program began in 1984.Horowitz has served on the Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts and on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group. He is currently on the Advisory Board of The Shakespeare Society, the Artistic Directorate of London’s Globe Theatre and the Artistic Advisor to the Shakespeare Globe Centre (USA). He has participated in numerous panels on Shakespeare’s plays, including most recently, Symposia at The Public Theater, SSD&C, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and ABC’s World News Tonight. For his work with Theatre for a New Audience, he has been awarded The Acting Company’s John Houseman Award and the Breukelein Institute’s Gaudium Award.
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