Robert Falls

Artistic Director at Goodman Theater

Robert Falls

Robert Falls

Artistic Director at Goodman Theater

Biography

Most recently, Mr. Falls remounted his Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Dallas Opera. Earlier this season, in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre, he directed the world premiere of Rogelio Martinez’s Blind Date and a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, for which he also wrote the adaptation. This summer, in the Goodman’s Owen Theatre, he will direct the return engagement of Jim McGrath’s Pamplona, starring Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway. In the 2015/2016 Season, Mr. Falls directed the Chicago premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, and partnered with Goodman Playwright-in-Residence Seth Bockley to direct their world premiere adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 (Jeff Award for Best Adaptation). Recent productions also include The Iceman Cometh for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale for the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, Measure for Measure and the world and off-Broadway premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. Among his other credits are The Seagull, King Lear, Desire Under the Elms, John Logan’s Red, Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels, Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio and Conor McPherson’s Shining City; the world premieres of Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home, Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture, Eric Bogosian’s Griller, Steve Tesich’s The Speed of Darkness and On the Open Road, John Logan’s Riverview: A Melodrama with Music and Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Blue Surge and Dollhouse; the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s House and Garden; and the Broadway premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Mr. Falls’ honors for directing include, among others, a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night), an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards (including a 2012 Jeff Award for The Iceman Cometh). For “outstanding contributions to theater,” Mr. Falls has been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award (Lawyers for the Creative Arts), the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame.

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2

Birthday

03/02/1954

Age

65

Number of Awards

8

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Director at United Service Organizations of Illinois, Inc.

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Education
BFA in Directing & Playwriting

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is the second oldest public university in the state (after Illinois State University), and is a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. It is considered a Public Ivy and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Career History
Artistic Director
1986 - Current

Goodman Theater operates as a not-for-profit theater for artists, productions, and educational programs. It provides classic and contemporary works. It also offers theater and room rental services, fellowship, and ticket booking. The company was founded in July 1922 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Artistic Director
1977 - 1985
Artistic Director, Graduate Directing Program
Prior

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

Boards & Committees
President
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The Theatre Communications Group, Inc. is a private company headquartered in the United States. The firm operates as an association for the welfare of theatrical arts.

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$1,500 - $2,499
2006

Goodman Theater operates as a not-for-profit theater for artists, productions, and educational programs. It provides classic and contemporary works. It also offers theater and room rental services, fellowship, and ticket booking. The company was founded in July 1922 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

$2,500 - $4,999
2005

Goodman Theater operates as a not-for-profit theater for artists, productions, and educational programs. It provides classic and contemporary works. It also offers theater and room rental services, fellowship, and ticket booking. The company was founded in July 1922 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

$500 - $999
2001

The Theatre Communications Group, Inc. is a private company headquartered in the United States. The firm operates as an association for the welfare of theatrical arts.

Advisors
Advisor

Executive Director at Victory Gardens Theater

Awards & Honors
Rank #68
2014
Chicago Magazine - 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans
Lake Forest College
Illinois Arts Council - Governor's Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual Artist
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