Les Waters is an Obie Award-winning director. From 2012 to 2018, he served as artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he directed the premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place, The Christians and other new works by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Sarah Ruhl, Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy, Will Eno, Charles Mee, and Mark Schultz. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). In the last ten years, his productions have ranked among the year’s best in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Time Out New York, and USA Today. In New York, his productions have been seen at BAM, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, Second Stage Theater, The Connelly Theater, Signature Theatre Company, Soho Rep, The Public Theater, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003.
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A sweet spot for Sarah Ruhl. Pairing philosophical daring and surreal tenderness.—Jesse Green, The New York Times
Another role for the legendary Kathleen Chalfant to inhabit with gusto and intelligence.—Hilton Als, The New Yorker