Mark Wing-Davey

Arts Professor; Chairperson


M.A., Cambridge University – where he read English at Gonville and Caius College and was state educated in the UK at Primrose Hill Primary School, and Woolverstone Hall School


Mark Wing-Davey first came to prominence in the United States with his highly acclaimed 1992 production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest at New York Theatre Workshop. Since then he has worked extensively in New York City, for NYTW, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, Playwright’s Horizons, LAByrinth, and the Public Theater - directing Troilus and Cressida and Henry 5 in Central Park. He directed Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play at the Goodman in Chicago, Yale Rep, and for Epic Theater in a site-specific production at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn.

Recent productions include Molière’s School for Wives at Two River Theater New Jersey and Pericles, his fifth production for Berkeley Rep: 36 Views, The Life of Galileo, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest preceding it. He also directed an acclaimed Angels in America for ACT. Additional US and international credits include productions of new and classic plays at ART, Cincinnati, La Jolla, Mark Taper, McCarter, Milwaukee Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Playmaker’s Rep, Seattle Rep, Yale Rep; London’s Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and musicals in the West End, and Australia.

Committing much of his career to developing new plays, he has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Sarah Ruhl, Amy Freed, Naomi Iizuka, Jose Rivera, Anna Deveare Smith, Tony Kushner, and Craig Lucas, amongst others. His more recent credits include the world première of Brett C. Leonard’s Unconditional for LAByrinth Theater Company and Craig Lucas's The Singing Forest at the Public Theater, and workshops of two musicals by Brett C. Leonard, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ piece: Untitled Ass Play, and Carson Kreitzer’s play about the photographer Lee Miller - Behind The Eye (directing its première in Cincinnati in April 2011). In summer 2011, he directed Keith Reddin’s new play Acquainted With The Night for the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. In 2012 He directed three world premières :KMT - an adaptation by Keith Reddin and Carol Rocamora of Sukhovo-Kobylin’s Russian Trilogy - at NYU, Mona Mansour’s play The Hour of Feeling for the Louisville Humana New Play Festival and Brett C. Leonard’s Ninth and Joanie for LAByrinth in New York. He is currently working on Jean Genet’s The Screens in a new translation by Caryl Churchill, slated for a full production in 2016.

In June 2012 he embarked on a 6 week National UK tour playing the rôle he created - Zaphod Beeblebrox - in The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live on Stage. Much to his surprise this was a wild success – often playing one night stands to Hitchhiker’s fan audiences of 2,500 and upwards.

Mr. Wing-Davey is an Arts Professor and the Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where in September 2010 he premièred Tony Kushner’s music theater work: The Henry Box Brown Play. He directed the premiere of a new work by Adam Rapp The Eggs: A Fantasy of Love and Death in the Age of Amelioration and in 2012 directed Restoration there, a rarely seen music theater piece of Edward Bond’s, with new music by Pete Atkin. He recently completed a double production of Tracy Lett’s translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, one set in 1901, one in 1988. He is preparing a new workshop-derived piece with Sarah Ruhl, which is slated for production in Fall 2015.