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Joe Dowling
JOE DOWLING, Guthrie Theater artistic director, is widely known for his association with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theater. While still a student at University College in Dublin he became a member of the Abbey's acting company where he played many leading roles. In 1970 he founded The Young Abbey, Ireland's first theater-in-education group. In 1973 he became artistic director of the Peacock Theatre, the Abbey's second stage, where he began his directing career and, in 1976, he was appointed artistic director of the national touring company, the Irish Theatre Company. In 1978 at the age of 29 he became the youngest-ever artistic director of the Abbey Theatre. His tenure is particularly remembered for the encouragement and development of new plays and young playwrights. After leaving the Abbey in 1985, Mr. Dowling became managing and artistic director of Dublin's oldest commercial theater, The Gaiety Theatre. While there he founded and directed The Gaiety School of Acting, now widely regarded as Ireland's premier drama school. Since 1990 he has directed extensively in North America including The Price, She Stoops to Conquer and Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award nomination) at Arena Stage; The School for Scandal, Julius Caesar and Macbeth at The Shakespeare Theatre; Othello with Raul Julia and Christopher Walken at The Public Theater; A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Acting Company; A Touch of the Poet at the American Repertory Theatre; Philadelphia, Here I Come!, London Assurance and Tartuffe at the Roundabout Theatre on Broadway; Juno and the Paycock on Broadway, at the International Edinburgh Festival and in Israel; A Midsummer Night's Dream and Uncle Vanya at the Stratford Festival in Ontario; The Plough and the Stars and The School for Scandal at The Banff Centre; and Our Country's Good and Observe the Songs of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme at Centaur Theatre in Montreal. Mr. Dowling was appointed artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in 1995. While serving as artistic director, he was invited to direct The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (1998); The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Chichester Festival Theatre in England (1999); A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier (2000); All My Sons for the Abbey Theatre (2003); and Dancing at Lughnasa at the Gate (2004). Since coming to the Guthrie in 1995, he has directed numerous mainstage productions, including The Cherry Orchard, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Blithe Spirit, The Playboy of the Western World, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, The School for Scandal, Julius Caesar, The Plough and the Stars, Twelfth Night, Amadeus, All My Sons, The Three Sisters, Pride and Prejudice, The Pirates of Penzance, Death of a Salesman (which toured to the Dublin Theatre Festival 2004). As You Like It, His Girl Friday, Hamlet and, most recently, The Real Thing. Mr. Dowling also directed Molly Sweeney, The Invention of Love and Othello at the Guthrie Lab. His signature production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which marked the Guthrie's return to touring after a decade, was enthusiastically received throughout the region in 2000. Also on tour, directorial credits include Molly Sweeney (2001), hosted by more than 30 cities in seven states, and Othello (2004). which toured nationally as part of the National Endowment for the Arts' Shakespeare in American Communities initiative. Mr. Dowling was awarded the National Corporate Theatre Fund's 2006 Achievement in Theater Award and is a member of the artistic directorate of the Globe Theatre in London. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. John's University, Minnesota; an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the National University of Ireland; and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Gonzaga University.

Bio as of April, 2007.



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

Downstage Center (audio)
Joe Dowling - June, 2007 - Listen Now.

SDCF Masters of the Stage (audio)
Joe Dowling - January, 2000 - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)