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Les Waters
LES WATERS has served as Associate Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre since 2003. In the last five years, his shows have ranked among the year's best in The New Yorker, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, Time Magazine and USA Today. 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. In 2009, Waters and Ruhl made 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 Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, Fêtes de la Nuit, Finn in the Underworld, Girlfriend 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, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre. His New York credits also include Classic Stage Company, Clubbed Thumb, 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, the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Traverse Theatre Club. Waters led the MFA 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.

Bio as of May, 2011.



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

SDCF Masters of the Stage (audio)
2003 Symposium: New Writers, New Worlds - June, 2003 - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)