Peter DuBois Named Huntington's
Peter DuBois -- the award-winning resident
director and former associate producer at New York’s acclaimed
Public Theater, and former artistic director of Alaska’s
innovative Perseverance Theatre Company -- will become
the Huntington Theatre Company’s Norma Jean Calderwood
Artistic Director on July 1, 2008.
Huntington Board of Trustees Chairman J. David Wimberly
made the announcement after the Board ratified the results of an 11-month
national search. DuBois succeeds Nicholas Martin, who
has been artistic director since 2000 and announced last year he would
leave the company in June 2008.
In a prepared statement, Wimberly said, “Peter’s distinctive
strength is his ability to understand and cultivate both sides of an
artistic organization. He is a first-rate director, a gifted nurturer
of talent, and a true institutional leader.”
(at left) commented, “I’m thrilled to inherit one of this
country’s most artistically vital and important theatre companies.
Michael (Maso, the Huntington’s long-term managing director) and
Nicholas have done a marvelous job building the institution to its next
level. The fantastic theatre spaces, a strong partnership with Boston
University, and the incredible staff and board form a remarkable foundation
to build a future upon. I look forward to unifying all elements of the
Huntington into a vision that embraces the best of the American theatre,
for the benefit of the artists who work here, our subscribers, and the
He continued, “I’m particularly excited to meet the people
of this city, welcome them into the Huntington, and let them know this
is their theater. They deserve a sense of ownership here and I want
to find ways to invite them into the process, to generate excitement
for the work on stage. As I have done --and seen done -- in other places,
I think we can remove the distance between artists and audiences, and
allow our patrons to embrace theatre as an everyday event in their lives".
He added, “Making the Huntington part of the next chapter in my
life as a director is truly thrilling. I grew up in New England, and
Boston feels like home to me; I can’t wait to be there."
At the Public, DuBois directed a number of major productions, including
the 2006 OBIE Award-winning production of David Grimm’s
“Measure for Pleasure” (for which he also won the
prestigious Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in
directing from the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers),
the acclaimed 2004 staging of “Richard III”
(with Peter Dinklage for the New York Shakespeare Festival), and 2007’s
“Jack Goes Boating” (in collaboration with
the LAByrinth Theatre Company and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman,
John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega).
DuBois’ wide-ranging responsibilities at the Public also included
work on the theatre company’s Broadway transfers and co-productions
with high-profile New York companies such as LAByrinth, The
Wooster Group and The Civilians, as well as
oversight of international artistic collaborations, most notably with
Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The Royal
Court Theatre in London.
A champion of young talent, DuBois developed and managed programs to
support rising stage directors at the Public, and served as the company’s
artistic liaison to its patrons, corporate funders, and individual supporters.
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis
(and former Artistic Director at Trinity Repertory Company
in Providence) commented, "I have known Peter since his student
days at Brown, and I have watched his career with joy and amazement
ever since. From Czechoslovakia to Alaska to New York, Peter has succeeded
everywhere he has worked. Boston is lucky to have him."
DuBois’ years at the Public saw him producing, directing and/or
shepherding productions comprising hundreds of top-notch actors -- including
such well-known stars as Meryl Streep, Michael Cerveris and
Rosie Perez, among others -- and many of the country’s
top playwrights such as Tony Kushner, Christopher Durang, Neil
LaBute, Caryl Churchill, Jose Rivera and Craig Lucas.
Productions he directed have been nominated for several
Drama League Awards, and in 1999 he was named by
American Theatre Magazine as one of the 15 artists who would “transform
America’s stages for decades to come.”
DuBois has a number of projects under development including:
a musical by writer Rachel Sheinken (“25th
Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Tony Award-nominated
composer Michael John LaChiusa and singer/actress Lea
Delaria; a new interpretation of Clare Booth Luce’s
“The Women” with Perez; a contemporary update of
“The Mikado;” and a revival of Moliere’s
DuBois received a bachelor’s degree from Villanova
University, holds a master’s degree in theatre from Brown
University, and has studied at St. Catherine’s
College (Oxford University), and at University College
in Galway, which is affiliated with Ireland’s Druid Lane