Derek Goldman

Co-Founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University - Georgetown College

Derek Goldman

Derek Goldman

Co-Founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University - Georgetown College


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Derek Goldman is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. He is an award-winning stage director, playwright, adapter, developer of new work, teacher, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway and at numerous major regional theaters, as well as internationally.

He is also Founding Artistic Director of the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, an award-winning socially-engaged professional theatre founded in Chicago, devoted to new adaptations of literature for the stage, re-imagined classics, and ensemble-devised performance. Under Goldman's leadership, the company was named by the Chicago Sun-Times as "the most exciting company to emerge in Chicago since John Cusack's New Criminals"; by the New York Times as "one of Chicago's top theater companies"; and, after the company's move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by The Spectator as "the region's leading producer of cutting-edge work." In addition to having led the company for 15 years through more than 60 productions, he has directed Off-Broadway, internationally, and worked regularly as a director and adapter/playwright with leading regional theatres such as Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, Folger Theater, Round House, Theater J, Everyman Theater, Synetic Theater, Forum Theater, the Kennedy Center, and many others. In addition, his scholarship on the politics of adaptation and other subjects has been published in numerous journals (including South Atlantic Quarterly, Cultural Studies, and others) and in the Sage Handbook of Performance Studies, and he received the National Communication Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award. He was previously on the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill where he received the Hettleman Award for Outstanding Scholarly and Artistic Achievement, and the Chapman Family Fellowship for Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship. He is the author of more than 25 professionally produced plays and adaptations, including work published by Samuel French, and he has directed over 70 productions.

Recent projects include The Brothers Size at Everyman Theater (Baltimore Magazine's Best Production of 2011-2012); Eurydice at Round House Theater; The Glass Menagerie (with Sarah Marshall) and Begotten, his original work about Eugene O'Neill at Arena Stage (GU partnership); Theodore Bikel's Sholom Aleichem: Laughter through Tears, which he developed with legendary performer Bikel and is now touring internationally after successful runs Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination), and at Theater J in Washington DC; his new adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis at Synetic Theater; In Darfur at Theater J; Blackbird and Shipwrecked! at Everyman Theater, As You Like It at the Folger Theater; his hit adaptation of Lysistrata with Synetic Theater and Georgetown; his adaptation of Studs Terkel's Will the Circle Be Unbroken at Steppenwolf (with David Schwimmer), at Millennium Park in Chicago (with Garrison Keillor) and in North Carolina and DC at Georgetown with Arena Stage (with David Strathairn), bobrauschenbergamerica at Forum Theater, as well as extensive new work development with Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Steppenwolf, Theater J, Syracuse Stage, National New Play Network, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Timeline Theater, the Source Festival, the GUMBO Festival, and others.

Among his published/produced plays and adaptations are Haymarket Eight (with Jessica Thebus) which premiered at Steppenwolf; Right as Rain, a new play about Anne Frank and the Holocaust that toured nationally for 3 years; and numerous award-winning adaptations, all of which he also staged, including A Death in the Family (Jeff Cited for Best New Work/Adaptation), Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (voted Independent Award for Best of the Decade 2000-2009), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Kaddish for Allen Ginsberg, The Turn of the Screw, Divine Days, original works on Miller, Williams, O'Neill (all with Arena Stage), Lorca, Kafka, Faulkner, and many others.

Other professional directing highlights include his Jeff-Award winning Hamlet, The Seagull, the US Premiere of Helene Cixous' epic The Perjured City, or the Awakening of the Furies; DeLillo's Mao II, Brecht's Antigone, Lorca's The Public, Twelfth Night, Chicago's long-running comedy hit Night of the Mime, Tales of the Lost Formicans, The Fever, the off-Broadway and internationally-touring hit Sholom Aleichem: Now You're Talking, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

At Georgetown, he has directed his World Premiere multimedia play A Child Shall Lead Them: Making The Night of the Hunter, based on the classic 1955 film (a co-production with University of Maryland); The Glass Menagerie and related original works (Elegy for Rose, and The Menagerie Variations) devised from the Tennessee Williams archive, as well as a star-studded concert version of Camino Real in Gaston Hall on Williams' 100th birthday, as part of the Tennessee Williams Centennial festival at GU and Arena Stage; a new adaptation of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author; The Winter's Tale, the DC Premieres of Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice and David Hare's Stuff Happens, Right as Rain, The Skin of Our Teeth, and a new version of Our Town (with Sarah Marshall) in partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

He is increasingly engaged in global performance and its intersection with cultural diplomacy and peace-building, and is collaborating with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider on the development of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. They recently hosted a delegation from Baghdad University for a month-long residency in May-June 2012, along with an international convening at Georgetown "Toward an Initiative on Global Performance, Civic Imagination, and Cultural Diplomacy," funded by a Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest grant, which brought together more than 80 leading artists, scholars, and policymakers from around the world. In Summer 2010 he led his Georgetown students as the sole US representatives at the UNESCO/ITI World Festival of Theater Schools in Peru, creating the original work In Search of Duende: The Ballad of Federico Garcia Lorca, and he is the North American representative on the board of the UNESCO/ITI World Conference of Theater School Directors. In September, 2011 he was US Delegate at the ITI World Congress in Xiamen, China, and he has also been funded for international travel and work with the Center for International Theater Development, among dozens of grants to support his work.

As Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center he has been proud to oversee numerous world premieres, to produce the nationally-acclaimed Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival (in partnership with the American Studies Program) which featured over 30 events and played to audiences over 5,000 people at Georgetown and Arena Stage, and to host and collaborate with world-class artists such as Edward Albee, Belarus Free Theater, Dah Teatar from Belgrade, Ping Chong & Company, The Civilians, Heather Raffo, Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project, Michael Rohd and Sojourn Theater, Danny Hoch, Theodore Bikel, John Waters, Michael Kahn, Joy Zinoman, David Strathairn, Kathleen Chalfant, Sister Helen Prejean, Target Margin Theater, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Robin Becker Dance, and dozens of others.

He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and has developed and teaches courses in Performance in Society: Global Performance, Civic Imagination, and Cultural Diplomacy; Political Theater; Directing; Adaptation and Performance of Literature; Acting Shakespeare; Comedy; Theatre and the Holocaust; Narrative in Fiction and Film, and many additional special topics courses. At Georgetown, he is a member of the Affiliated Faculty in the American Studies Program and the Film and Media Studies Program.

Current/ upcoming projects include Tadeusz Slobodzianek's Our Class at Theater J; the World Premiere of Jon Klein's Young Robin Hood at Round House and Dan Dietz's Clementine in the Lower Nine at Forum Theater.
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Ph. D. (2001) Northwestern University, Perfomance Studies
M.A. (1996) Northwestern University, Performance Studies
B.S. (1992) Northwestern University, Performance Studies

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Articles in journals

Derek Goldman. "Dwight in the Deep Pine Woods "Theorizing Politics: Politicizing Theory"." Cultural Studies 21.7 (2007): 832-836.


Our Town, by Thornoton Wilder, new ensemble version developed and directed with Prof. Sarah Marshall as partnership production between Georgetown and Duke Ellington School of the Arts, premiered at Georgetown, July, 2009..
Lysistrata. New adaptation of the play by Aristophanes, developed with Synetic Theater and premiered in GU-Synetic collaboration (also directed). Premiered at Georgetown March, 2009 and with Synetic at Rosslyn Spectrum. Spring, April, 2009..
Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, Directed DC Professional Premiere, Round House Theater, Bethesda, MD., February, 2009..
Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, by (and starring) Theodore Bikel; Directed World-Premiere and developed script with Mr. Bikel. Premiered at Theater J, Washington DC, December, 2008. Produced Off-Broadway by National Jewish Theater and Yiddish Folksbeine Theater, November, 2009, as well as runs at Wintergarden Theater, Toronto; Parker Playhouse. Fort Lauderdale, and other venues..
Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith. Adapted by Derek Goldman from the book by Studs Terkel.Presented at Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, with all-star cast including David Schwimmer as Memorial tribute to Studs Terkel. Also simulcast on WFMT radio due to extraordinary popular demand. .
Harlan at the Rockpile, by Seamus Sullivan, Developed play with GU alum and directed staged reading at Arena Stage, June, 2009, after its previous presentation at the Kennedy Center..
Not Enough Air, by Masha Obolensky, Timeline Theater, Chicago, directed professional workshop/ staged reading at Georgetown, premiered at Timeline Theater in Chicago. Developed play in Chicago and DC, nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award as Best New Play of 2009. .
As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, Folger Theater, Washington DC, stage director, October- November, 2007..
Familiar Streets: A Century of Jewish Life in the City, commissioned to write/adapt and direct original full-length work as "Opening Night" of DC Jewish LitFest at DC Jewish Community Center/ Theater J, Washington DC, premiered September, 2006. (Adapted from work by Saul Bellow, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Alfred Kazin, Philip Roth and others). .
My Swan: The Passions of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Writing and directing jazz musical based on the life and work of Fitzgerald. Being developed in collaboration with acclaimed jazz recording artist Nancy Harrow. Major New York workshop produced by the Culture Project, New York, March, 2007..
The South Side, The Radical Transformation of an American Neighborhood, by Louis Rosen, directed staged reading at Theater J, Washington DC. Presented in Conjunction with "South Side Stories" Festival between DC Jewish Community Center and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. March, 2007..
Right as Rain, a new play about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. Wrote/directed production presented at Georgetown, Gonda Theater, with students and guest professionals, January, 2007. Numerous accompanying symposia, talkbacks, forums with the US Holocaust Museum..
Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl, directed at Georgetown, Gonda Theater, November, 2006, DC Premiere of this celebrated play..
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith, adaptation of Studs Terkel’s award-winning book for Playmakers Repertory and StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance co-production, featuring David Strathairn and many nationally-acclaimed performers, September, 2006, Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC. .


Derek Goldman, adapted from the writings of Franz Kafka. "Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Original new adaptation of the novella by Frank Kafka, Synetic Theater, April, 2010 (also directed). Helen Hayes Award Recommended. ." , .
Derek Goldman, adapted from the writings of Franz Kafka. "Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Original new adaptation of the novella by Frank Kafka, Synetic Theater, April, 2010 (also directed). Helen Hayes Award Recommended. ." , .
Derek Goldman, adapted from the writings of Franz Kafka. "Kafka’s Metamorphosis." , .
Donald Margulies. "Shipwrecked,or the Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont as Told by Himself ." , .

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Co-Founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics at Georgetown University - Georgetown College
B.S in Performance Studies
Class of 2001

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Georgetown College, the oldest Catholic College in the United States, was founded in 1789 by John Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore. A progressive citizen of his time, he firmly believed in the principles of the United States Constitution. He made it clear that the new college was to be open to students of every religious persuasion. On March 1, 1815, President James Madison signed the act of Congress which chartered the College of Georgetown. In 1844, it was incorporated by another congressional act. During the years of the Civil War, Georgetown students fought for the North and South. Later the colors blue and gray were adopted by the College to signify the reunited nation and the sons of Georgetown who had served on both sides in its civil war. From its founding to the present day, the graduates of Georgetown College have taken their places in the forefront of almost every human endeavor. They serve as educators, public servants, and statesmen; they work in business, law, medicine, and research. Today, proud of its tradition and heritage, Georgetown, through all its graduates, seeks to serve the communities and the world in which it lives. The College exists to provide a liberal education for young men and women who will be called to intellectual, moral, and professional leadership, and to foster in them a lifelong commitment to the quest for truth. As a Jesuit college, it draws upon a dynamic tradition of education, characterized by an optimistic Christian humanism and committed to the assumption of responsibility and action. Accordingly, the College seeks to encourage the development of critical powers, respect for tradition and human reason, and an appreciation of life and all its endeavors. It promotes not only the intellectual disciplines but also the search for personal values and convictions that will enable its graduates, throughout their lives, to continue redefining and maturing their thought, and also to continue pursuing the integration of their activities, values, and relations with others. In light of these aims, the College has developed a diversified academic program in which fundamental issues and ultimate values play an integral role. A high priority is placed on quality teaching and on developing a community of learning among its faculty, students, and administrators.

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