We Call it a ‘Play’ for a Reason”
In this talk, John Dias shares his experience and deep love of theater, as producer and artistic director. He presents to us that as play watchers we are transported to new experiences while at the same time we are touched at the very core by our own life experiences that are being played out on stage before our very eyes.
John Dias was named Two River’s Artistic Director in 2010. In partnership with Managing Director Michael Hurst he has overseen expanded programming at the 20-year-old Red Bank theater, including producing subscription shows on two stages for the first time; launching a commissioning program for new plays; public events such as the Crossing Borders festival of Latino plays; and a high-school performance of A Little Shakespeare and other arts-education initiatives. Previously, he worked at The Public Theater for 12 seasons as a producer and dramaturg. John has been a leading advocate for bold new American plays and stimulating productions of the classics, including the Broadway productions of Lisa Kron’s Well and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. He co-founded off-Broadway’s Affinity Company Theater and Playwright’s Realm in New York. John teaches in the graduate school at Columbia University. He received his BA from George Washington University and MFA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.