Oskar Eustis is the Artistic Director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. He was the Artistic Director of The Redwing Theater Company in New York from 1976-1980, as well as the Artistic Director of Das Labor, the laboratory theater of the Schauspielhaus Zurich in Switzerland from 1978-1980. From 1981 through 1986 he was resident director and dramaturg at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, and Artistic Director until 1989, when he moved to the L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum as Associate Artistic Director until 1994. Eustis then served as Artistic Director at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island for eleven years, during which time he was the founder and Chair of the Brown/Trinity consortium for Theater Training. In 2005 he took the helm at New York’s Public Theater.
Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as both a director and a producer. At The Public he directed the New York premiere of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and Hamlet. In 2011 he directed Rinne Groff’s Compulsion with Mandy Patinkin at The Public. His directing credits include the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production);Homebody/Kabul (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production); the world premiere of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika; as well as world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado. He commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis was the lead producer on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair and the acclaimed rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway as well as the acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice. Mr. Eustis has taught at UCLA, Brown University, and NYU, and holds honorary doctorates from Brown University and Rhode Island College.