Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma.
A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master classes in directing and acting at Webster University, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Cleveland Play House, Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute and New York University.
As associate artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Gordon created and produced Ignite! an annual new play festival; crafted and curated a new play commissioning program; administered creative campaigns and fundraising efforts; assisted with season selection; supervised the casting and literary department; and was a member of the long range strategic planning committee.
He served as associate artistic director for the Cleveland Play House, 2001-2010, where he produced the Next Stage Festival of New Plays, and created and produced FusionFest, an annual multi-arts festival, while directing and making major contributions to the historic professional regional theatre company.
"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Seth Gordon as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at OU,” stated Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. “With a distinguished background in professional theatre that includes the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Stages Repertory in Houston, the Cleveland Playhouse, and the positions of founder and director of Primary Stages New American Writers Group in New York, Gordon brings a wealth of theatrical experience to share with the school, college and university.”
“Gordon has directed at numerous additional theatres across the country as well as teaching at Pratt Institute in New York City, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, and New York University. We are eager to welcome Seth to the University of Oklahoma as he enriches our already strong theatrical offerings in the Helmerich School of Drama and guides our talented faculty, students and staff toward a bright, exciting future."
Gordon has directed numerous plays around the country, and is the founder of the Primary Stages New American Writers Group, funded by the Jerome Foundation and NEA. A variety of plays developed by this group have gone on to receive both New York and regional productions along with several national and regional awards.
The Houston Critics Theater Awards selected Gordon as best director of The Whipping Man; in addition, he received a nomination for direction of Luna Gale. Gordon also earned a nomination for direction of Venus in Fur with the St. Louis Critics Circle.
Gordon received his master of fine arts in directing and bachelor of fine arts in drama from Carnegie Mellon University.