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The Tempest

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 is a long-time veteran of the New York City theatre scene and 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.

 

Most recently, Owen had the pleasure of traveling to Wisconsin to direct one of his all-time favorite plays: Larry Shue's hilarious farce, The Nerd for the Sheboygan Theatre Company.

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 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, and George Feydeau’s classic farce A Flea in Her Ear at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

 

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. 

 

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.

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The Tempest