Steve Cosson

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STEVE COSSON is the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians. He also works independently directing new plays, musicals and classics. With The Civilians: co-writer and director of This Beautiful City which premiered to rave reviews at the Humana Festival and recently completed a critically-acclaimed run at Vineyard Theatre. Previously produced at Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum) and Studio Theatre in D.C.; co-writer and director of BROOKLYN: At Eye Level produced this past winter at Brooklyn’s Lyceum Theatre; co- writer/director of Paris Commune produced in The Public Theater’s PublicLAB series; writer/director of the long-running hit Gone Missing produced throughout the U.S. and the U.K. including a seven-month run at Barrow Street Theater and selected by critic Charles Isherwood for the New York Times’ Top 10 of 2007 list. Writer/director (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch, which won the 2006 Fringe First award at Edinburgh and was one of two NY Times “Isherwood Recommends;” and director of the company’s first show Canard, Canard, Goose?. Additionally, he’s directed The Civilians’ work at A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, The MoMA; London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre among many others. Cosson has directed and developed new plays at theaters including Hartford Stage, Soho Rep, O’Neill Conference, New Harmony Project and others. Plays include Neal Bell’s Shadow of Himself; Mat Smart’s 13th of Paris; Elise Thoron and Jill Sobule’s Prozak and the Platypus; Tommy Smith’s Air Conditioning; Anne Washburn’s Communist Dracula Pageant; world premiere of Peter Morris’ Square Root of Minus One; U.S. premiere of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life; Peter Morris’ Marge; U.S. premiere of Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love; World premiere of Erik Ehn’s Tailings; Eric Bogosian’s Scenes from the New World; and Stupid Kids by John C. Russell. Writer/director Close to Shore a community-based musical for the San Diego Rep. Director of The Time of Your Life (Williamstown); The Importance of Being Earnest (ACT); Serious Money and Guys and Dolls, both at Carnegie Mellon; and Measure for Measure (SF Drama-Logue Award); Steven won an Obie in 2004 for the work of The Civilians. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, a MacDowell Fellow, twice participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab, and Resident Director at New Dramatists. His plays have been published by Oberon Books in the UK, Dramatists Play Service, and an anthology of The Civilians published by Playscripts Inc. He holds an MFA in directing from UC San Diego and a BA from Dartmouth College.
 
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Director
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Pretty Filthy Abrons Arts Center (Playhouse) 02/08/2015 Director
2 The Belle of Amherst Westside Theatre (Upstairs) 10/19/2014 Director
3 The Great Immensity Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater 04/24/2014 Director
4 Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Playwrights Horizons 09/15/2013 Director
5 This Beautiful City Vineyard Theatre 02/22/2009 Director
6 Gone Missing Barrow Street Theatre 06/24/2007 Director

Author
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Pretty Filthy Abrons Arts Center (Playhouse) 02/08/2015 Conceiver
2 The Great Immensity Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater 04/24/2014 Playwright
3 This Beautiful City Vineyard Theatre 02/22/2009 Author
4 Gone Missing Barrow Street Theatre 06/24/2007 Author
Awards
Award Production
1 NOMINATED 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards Nomination, Outstanding Musical Pretty Filthy Conceiver
2 NOMINATED 2009 Drama League Award Nomination, Outstanding Production of a Musical This Beautiful City Author
3 NOMINATED 2009 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, Outstanding Musical This Beautiful City Author