MIKE DONAHUE is a NYC-based freelance director of new plays, classics, musicals and opera.  Upcoming projects include: world premiere of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride at Denver Center; premiere of Jen Silverman’s The Hunters as part of the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project (Lynn Nottage, mentor); Assassins at PlayMakers Rep; Annie Baker’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya with Campbell Scott and Kathleen McElfresh Scott at Weston Playhouse.  Productions include: Jen Silverman’s Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb), world premiere of Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Denver Center), Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm), Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki with new libretto by Meg Miroshnik (Chicago Opera Theatre), Henry IV & V (co-director) and A Number (PlayMakers Rep, 2011/12 Distinguished Guest Artist), and Janine Nabers and Sharon Kenny’s Becoming Sylvia (Williamstown, Boris Sagal Fellowship).  Mike has directed readings/workshops for NYTW, MCC, Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Williamstown, The O’Neill, Clubbed Thumb, Denver Center (New Play Summit), The Lark, Ars Nova, Dramatists Guild, Chautauqua, TheatreWorks, Working Theatre, Studio 42, OVNV at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and the German Consulate; and guest directed for Yale School of Drama, A.R.T. Institute, NYU-Atlantic, Fordham, SUNY-Purchase, UNC Grad Acting, Yale Dramat and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival’s next stage ensemble.  Mike is recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Dramaleague Fall Directing Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, the Tennessee Williams Fellowship from The University of the South, a Theatertreffen International Forum Fellow (Berlin), an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, winner of the Inaugural Opera America Director-Designer Showcase Award, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons.  Mike is a graduate of Harvard University (Louis Sudler Prize for Artistic Excellence) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA).  

// As a director, I love the opportunity to forever be a student – the idea that each time you encounter a new text or collaborator the process must be reinvented and new areas of life explored.  I am drawn to highly physical, visceral work.  I work best when everyone in the room has a voice and something at stake.  I am dedicated to working with a variety of forms, with plays, musicals, operas, rock operas, installations.  And I am very interested in the relationship (spatial, interactive, playful, direct) between performer and audience.  The theatre gives us the time and space to all be in the room together – and I live for that moment when everyone in the room, performer and audience alike, is suspended on the same breath. //