His 2003 directorial debut, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Omnium Gatherum, about a post-9/11 dinner party, prompted The New Yorker’s John Lahr to write that “for the young director, it’s a wow beginning.” Frears, a Yale School of Drama graduate, has since taken on works by a range of playwrights, from William Inge to Theresa Rebeck.
Film: Coach, All Saints’ Day(winner, best narrative short, Savannah Film Festival), Beloved. Off Broadway: Year Zero (Second Stage Uptown), Still Life (MCC); Rainbow Kiss (The Play Company),The Water's Edge (Second Stage), Pen (Playwrights Horizons), Terrorism (The New Group/The Play Company), Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts), Where We’re Born and God Hates the Irish (both at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Get What You Need (Atlantic 453) and Kid-Simple (Summer Play Festival). Regional: Build at the Geffen Playhouse; Some Lovers at the Old Globe Theatre; Romeo & Juliet, Bus Stop, The Water's Edge, and A Servant of Two Masters at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Pillowman at George Street Playhouse; Hay Fever and The Price at Baltimore CenterStage; Sleuth at the Bay Street Theatre; Our Lady of 121st Street(Steppenwolf Theatre); Omnium Gatherum (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Artistic Director: Yale Cabaret (1999-2000). Recipient of the Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller directing fellowships and a contributor to The Paris Review, New York Magazine,Harper’s, and The London Review of Books. (As of October 2013)