ANDRÉ BISHOP, Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater since January 1992, has developed and produced new plays and musicals by many of America's leading playwrights, composers and lyricists. Prior to his arrival at Lincoln Center, Mr. Bishop served as Playwright Horizon's Artistic Director for ten years and as its Literary Manager for six. His many successful productions at that theater included three Pulitzer Prize winners: THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, DRIVING MISS DAISY and SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Mr. Bishop and Playwrights Horizons received the 1983 Margo Jones Award for contributions made to the American theater; the 1989 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Body of Work, specifically in the development of new American plays and playwrights; and a special Drama Desk Award in 1992.
As Lincoln Center Theater's Artistic Director, Mr. Bishop is responsible for the continuing Playwrights Program, a series of readings and workshops devised to develop new work and foster new artists. He supervises the education program, Open Stages, and the Theater's popular journal, Lincoln Center Theater Review. With Bernard Gersten and Dramaturg Anne Cattaneo, he started Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab, which supports and nurtures the work of approximately one hundred young directors each year in a laboratory setting.
Recent Lincoln Center Theater seasons under Mr. Bishop's artistic direction have included new plays and musicals, revivals and new adaptations of classic works, and solo performances. These works include Wendy Wasserstein's THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER and THIRD; Tom Stoppard's HAPGOOD, ARCADIA, THE INVENTION OF LOVE and THE COAST OF UTOPIA; Eric Bogosian's suburbia; David Hare's RACING DEMON and VIA DOLOROSA; five-time Tony Award winner CAROUSEL; Nicholas Hytner's production of TWELFTH NIGHT (broadcast on PBS' "Live from Lincoln Center"); and the award winning revivals of THE HEIRESS, A DELICATE BALANCE, and AWAKE AND SING! on Broadway.
Mr. Bishop's particular interest in serious new musical theater is represented by Lincoln Center Theater's acclaimed productions of A NEW BRAIN (William Finn), MARIE CHRISTINE (Michael John LaChiusa), PARADE (Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry), Tony Award winners CONTACT (Susan Stroman and John Weidman) and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel). His work with American writers include new plays by Jon Robin Baitz, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, Richard Greenberg, Rebecca Gilman, John Guare, A.R. Gurney, Tina Howe and Sarah Ruhl.
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