Owen Thompson is an award-winning director whose productions have been seen in New York City and in regional theatres around the country. His immersive, multi-media production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest for The Secret Theatre was recently nominated for a bevy of New York Innovative Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Revival of a Play, and his production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at the Ivoryton Playhouse received the Connecticut Critics Circle award for Outstanding Director of a Musical.
Owen also co-hosts the popular Shakespeare podcast, The Bardcast: "It's Shakespeare, You Dick!" with the amazing Lisa Ann Goldsmith. They have
listeners on six out of seven continents, from Malaysia to Mexico and from
Singapore to Switzerland (no luck in Antarctica...yet!). New episodes drop every other Friday and can be found wherever you get your podcasts. www.thebardcastyoudick.com
A long-time veteran of the New York City theatre scene, Owen has served as the Artistic Director of NYC’s Protean Theatre Company as well as the producer of newTACTics, the annual festival of original plays presented by TACT (The Actors Company Theatre). For TACT, Owen staged Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid and developed and directed a number of plays receiving their first New York City productions. For the Protean Theatre Company, Owen directed and produced the critically acclaimed American Premiere of the previously lost Restoration Comedy The London Cuckolds and his own original adaptation of Molière’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself among many other productions.
Coming up, Owen is thrilled to be celebrating the re-emergence of live theatre
by traveling to Maine, where he will direct David Auburn's Tony Award-winning drama Proof for the Meetinghouse Theatre Lab in Winter Harbor.
Other Off-Broadway directing credits include Tennessee Williams' mid-century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Gallery Players, Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama How I Learned to Drive at Queens Theatre in the Park, the World Premiere of Mark Edward Lang's Lunt & Fontanne: the Celestials of Broadway at the New York International Fringe Festival, Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure for the Hip to Hip Theatre Company, Grass Island for the Abingdon Theatre Company, and the New York Premiere of James McLure’s Thanksgiving at the John Cullum Theatre at the American Theatre of Actors.
Regionally, Owen served for many years as Producing Director of The River Rep Theatre Company, for whom he directed several plays including Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor and John Van Druten’s Bell, Book, and Candle. Other regional credits include Charles Ludlam’s The Mystery of Irma Vep at Connecticut’s Seven Angels Theatre, Peter Shaffer’s Lettice and Lovage starring Katharine Houghton, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at the North Carolina Civic Center, George Feydeau’s classic farce A Flea in Her Ear at the Ivoryton Playhouse, and Larry
Shue's hilarious comedy The Nerd for the Sheboygan Theatre Company.
In addition to directing, Owen has also produced such New York City revivals as Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (starring Quentin Crisp as Lady Bracknell), the Jacobean thriller The Revenger’s Tragedy at the Hudson Guild Theatre, the New York Premiere of Christopher Hampton's When Did You Last See My Mother? as well as revivals of Clark Gestner's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Joseph Stein's Enter Laughing and many others.
Although he no longer appears onstage (unless asked very nicely), Owen enjoyed a lengthy career as an actor, performing major roles in dozens of
productions in New York City and in regional theatres across America. Some
of his favorite roles include Iago in Othello, John Adams in 1776, and Lord
Goring in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband.
Owen is also an educator who has taught at several institutions of higher learning, including Fordham University, CUNY’s New York City College of Technology, and Marymount Manhattan College (where he currently teaches Script Analysis) and holds post-graduate degrees in classic dramatic literature from Fordham and Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Owen lives in Manhattan with his wife Leda Zukowski, a Vice President at Morgan Stanley, their cat Eliot, and two squirrels whom they seem to have inadvertently adopted.