Shahid Nadeem




He received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize winning play THREE TALL WOMEN, and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle award. He received an OBIE Award for directing Len Jenkins FIVE OF US and is a recipient of the Last Frontier Directing Award for lifetime achievement from the Edward Albee Prince Wm. Sound Theatre Conference in Alaska.

He recently directed BECKETT/ALBEE Off-B'way. at The Century Theatre, DYLAN'S LINE by Jack Gelber at McCarter Theatre, THE GOLEM at Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, and a new revival of THE BEARD by Michael McClure at La MaMa, ETC. He conceived and directed THE ROAD HOME, Stories of Children of War, a multi-media performance event at Asia Society and on tour nationally and internationally at the famed Taganka Theatre in Moscow.

He is a pioneer in the field of biographical theatre with his acclaimed play THE CONCEPT, performed by recovering drug addicts from Daytop Village, which played for three years Off Broadway, at the White House and the United Nations. In 1994 it toured under the auspices of the U.S. State Dept. to the Moscow Art Theatre, and the Gorky Theatre in St. Petersburgh.

He has directed Off-B'way. and regionally at the Promenade Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, BAM, Cafe Cino, Cafe La Mama, Judson Poets Theatre, CSC, Hudson Guild,TNC, Young Playwrights Festival, Bardavon Opera House, The Kennedy Center, The Alley Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival, and many others.

He is founding Artistic Director of River Arts Repertory which operated for fourteen years in Woodstock, N.Y. where he directed THE SEAGULL with Joanne Woodward, THE THREE SISTERS, UNCLE VANYA, AS YOU LIKE IT, LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, BUS STOP, TOOTH OF CRIME and ANGEL CITY by Sam Shepard, NOT I and FOOTFALLS by Samuel Beckett, and the American premieres of Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN, HUNTING COCKROACHES by Januscz Glowacki, INSIGNIFICANCE by Terry Johnson, VIVA DETROIT by Derek Walcott, A COUNTRY DOCTOR by Len Jenkin, the only stage version of the movie CASABLANCA adapted by Michael Cristofer, and many others. He produced two International Festivals at River Arts Summer Festival Theatre in Woodstock, N.Y. including an Israeli/Palestinian festival of workshops and new plays, and a Russian/American Festival of music, new plays and distinguished panels. He created a partnership with the Moscow Art Theatrefor a Russian/American playwrights exchange and translation project funded by the USIA. River Arts Repertory is now a resident company in NYC developing new work including an opera THE STRANGE LIFE OF IVAN OSOKIN, music by Peter Gordon, libretto by Constance Congdon and based on the novel by P.D. OUSPENSKY, which premiered at La Mama Annex.

He is Chair of the Theatre Dept. at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. He has served as Chairman of the NYSCA Theatre Panel, has taught in the NYU Graduate Acting Program, and will direct THE LORCA PLAY, a new play by Edward Albee, based on the life of Federico Garcia Lorca, Off-B'way.



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