This site is designed to introduce you to my work as a Director and Playwright. I have over twenty years of experience as a theatre director and am always looking for new collaborators, producers, and theatre companies with whom I can share my work. I have a home base at The Ensemble Studio Theatre in Manhattan (where I am a lifetime member and serve as Resident Casting Director) in addition to an active freelance career. My work is evenly divided between classics and new plays. I love working with playwrights on brand new pieces, which is the focus of the work at EST, and have strong dramaturgical skills developed through years of work as a Literary Manager. I am also known for my Shakespeare productions, first with The Mirror Players in Denver and more recently for Theater Ten Ten and The Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival; my style is based in character relationships and storytelling, discovering what keeps these plays active and alive for the modern audience while being scrupulously faithful to Shakespeareís poetry. Other favorite playwrights whose work Iíve directed more than once include Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, and Lanford Wilson. Currently, Iím particularly interested in directing classics for university or college training programs, and have enjoyed working with students as a guest director for The Stella Adler Studio/NYU Tisch and the University of Illinois. Iím drawn to plays both classic and modern that are built around complex, believable characters, that use humor to explore serious ideas, and that provide rich, exciting roles for actors.

          Alongside my directing career, I am a produced and published playwright, and I would love to share my own scripts with you. This site should give you some sense of what kind of creative work I do. I hope you enjoy it, and I would love to speak with you about possibilities for collaboration.

Tom Rowan