The Kennedy Center

Anne Bogart


In 1992 Anne Bogart co-founded the SITI Company with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki. She has been the Company's Artistic Director since its inception. Some of her productions with SITI include Trojan Women at the Getty Villa, American Document (with the Martha Graham Dance Company), Antigone, Freshwater, Who Do You Think You Are, Radio Macbeth, Under Construction, Hotel Cassiopeia, Intimations for Saxophone, Death and the Ploughman, A Midsummer Night's Dream, La Dispute, Score, Hay Fever, bobrauschenbergamerica, Room, War of the Worlds, Cabin Pressure, The Radio Play, Bob, Culture of Desire, Private Lives, Miss Julie, Alice's Adventures, Small Lives/Big Dreams, Going, Going, Gone, The Medium, and Orestes.  Upcoming projects include: Café Variations at ArtsEmerson and Rite of Spring (with Bill T. Jones) at Carolina Performing Arts. 

Since completing her studies - Bard College (B.A.) and New York University (M.A.) - she has participated in the American theater as a director, playwright, essayist, teacher, and is the recipient of numerous accolades: Honorary Degree from Skidmore College (2011), Pat Miller Playmakers Award, Emory University (2011), United States Artists Fellowship (2006-2007), Distinguished Career Award, SETC (2006), American Theatre Wing Award (2005), Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship (2004), the Elliott Norton Award for Outstanding Direction (2003), Distinguished Chancellorship Award (2002), the Edwin Booth Award (2001), the Charles Flint Kellogg Award (2001), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000-2001), an ATHE Career Achievement Award (1999), designation by the Actors Theatre of Louisville as Modern Master (1995), two Obies (1990 & 1988), a Bessie Award (1984), and a Villager Award (1980).

She has given key-note addresses and had speaking engagements at a number of venues including: Reed College, University of Cincinnati, Utah Theater Association Conference, Under the Radar Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, TCG Conference in Baltimore & Atlanta, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Central School of Drama (London), Dublin International Theater Festival, APAP Conference, University of Maryland, Melbourne International Arts Festival, among others. 

She served as President of the Theater Communications Group (TCG) from 1990 to 1992. She was also briefly the Artistic Director of the Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, Rhode Island (1989 - 1990). She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program and the author of a book of essays entitled And Then You Act; Making Art in an Unpredictable World, A Director Prepares; Seven Essays on Art and Theater, co-author with Tina Landau of The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition and most recently released, Conversations with Anne.   

As a director, she has staged classical, modern, contemporary and devised plays. She has also directed operas and musicals, most recently Carmen at Glimmerglass. Her repertoire of productions includes plays by Pierre Marivaux, Anton Chekhov, Paula Vogel, Leonard Bernstein, Georg Buchner, Frank Wedekind, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Calderon de la Barca, and Mac Wellman.

In addition to Columbia University where she has been since 1991she taught at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theater Wing from 1977 - 1986, at the University of California in San Diego from 1988 - 1990 (Associate Professor with a tenured chair), School for Movement Research from 1984 - 1989, and at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School from 1990 - 1992.

April 2012
Anne Bogart