Mark Lamos is a Tony Award-winning American theatre director, producer, and actor. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Lamos studied violin and ballet at an early age and attended Northwestern University on a music scholarship. He began his theatrical career as an actor at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. His early Broadway appearances all were in short-lived productions: The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks and The Creation of the World and Other Business in 1972, Cyrano in 1973, and a revival of Man and Superman in 1978. He also appeared in the film Longtime Companion. Lamos joined the Hartford Stage as Artistic Director in 1980. During his reign the company staged Einstein and the Polar Bear, Is There Life After High School?, Stand-Up Tragedy, and Our Country's Good, all of which transferred to Broadway. Additional New York directing credits include The Deep Blue Sea, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, The Rivals, and Seascape. Lamos has directed Much Ado About Nothing for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Giuseppe Verdi's I Lombardi at the Metropolitan Opera House, and John Harbison's operatic adaptations of Winter’s Tale and The Great Gatsby.