The Director: Bruce Levitt

 

Bruce Levitt has been a Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance at Cornell University since l986. He served as Chair of the Department from l986 to l995 during which time he oversaw the final phases of construction of the Center for Theatre Arts and, together with the faculty and staff, restructured the academic and productions programs of the department. Previous to assuming the Chair of the Department at Cornell Dr. Levitt headed the MFA program in Acting at the University of Iowa and served as program coordinator of the MFA program in Directing at Columbia University.

 

Professor Levitt has had a distinguished career as a freelance director in New York and regionally, and has been involved with the development of dozens of new plays in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Levitt is a former chair of the New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Panel. From 1995 to 2001 Levitt served as the Producing Artistic Director of The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City, where he has directed productions of Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth, King Lear, and Measure for Measure, which won the 1999 Kansas City Drama Desk Award for best direction. Professor Levitt teaches several levels of acting classes, text analysis, solo performance, and directing.  He was elected to membership in the National Theatre Conference in 2008.