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James Houghton
JAMES HOUGHTON is the Founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre Company in New York, the first not-for-profit theatre company in the United States to devote each season of productions to the work of a single living playwright. Signature's Playwrights-in-Residence to date are Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. Mr. Houghton's directing credits for Signature Theatre Company include: the world premiere of Bill Irwin's Mr. Fox: A Rumination; Lanford Wilson's Burn This for Signature at the Union Square Theatre (nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival); the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Last of the Thorntons; Arthur Miller's The American Clock (nominated for a Drama Desk for Direction); Miller's radio play The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man (broadcast on National Public Radio); Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class; Romulus Linney's Heathen Valley and Ambrosio (world premiere), both co-directed with Mr. Linney; the world premieres of Adrienne Kennedy's Obie Award-winning June and Jean in Concert and Horton Foote's Laura Dennis, and the New York premieres of Edward Albee's Fragments and Marriage Play and Lee Blessing's Two Rooms. In 1999 he directed the regional premiere of Arthur Miller's Mr. Peters' Connections, at the Guthrie Theater. In addition to these honors, under Mr. Houghton's leadership, Signature and its artists have received many accolades, most notably the Pulitzer Prize, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the William Inge Festival's 1998 Margo Jones Medal to Mr. Houghton for an outstanding contribution to the American theatre. In 2003, Signature was named "National Theatre of the Year" by the National Theatre Conference. Mr. Houghton was a judge for the 2003-04 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and was a participant on the nominating committee for the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama for an American playwright in mid-career in both 2003 and 2000. He has been a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Drama, The Actors Studio, American College Theatre Festival at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Dramatists Guild and the Drama League. He was a featured speaker at the Hallmark Creative Leadership Conference in February and October 2000, where he lectured on his work with living playwrights at Signature Theatre Company and other organizations. He has also been a guest artist and speaker at the Edward Albee Last Frontier Playwriting Conference in Valdez, Alaska, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the William Inge Theatre Festival. Mr. Houghton's professional affiliations include the Board of Directors of A.R.T./New York and 3-Legged Dog. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Mr. Houghton serves as Artistic Advisor to the Guthrie Theater, where he acts as a consultant on all artistic planning, and has implemented new programming featuring work by living playwrights. From 1999 to 2003 Mr. Houghton was Artistic Director of the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the organization's second Artistic Director in its thirty-five-year history. In the summer of 1999 he completed a three-year term as Artistic Director of the New Harmony Project, a national conference for theatre, film, and television writers. Most recently, Mr. Houghton was named Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School. The Drama Division was founded in 1968 and is considered one of the finest artist training programs in the world.

Bio as of May, 2007.

American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Horton Foote's America - November, 2007 - Watch now.
August Wilson's Legacy - May, 2007 - Watch now.
New Plays and Playwrights - January, 2004 - Watch now.

Downstage Center (audio)
James Houghton - October, 2007 - Listen Now.

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