Michael Halberstam(Artistic Director)is the co-founder of Writers Theatre a theatre company dedicated to the world and the artist located on the North Shore of Chicago. He has directed over thirty-five productions for the company, includingNot AboutHeroes(starring Nicholas Pennell),Private Lives,Look Back in Anger,Candida,The Father,Crime and Punishment,Benefactors,Seagull,The Duchess of Malfi,Othello,The Savannah Disputation, the world premiere musicalA Minister's Wife,Rosencrantz andGuildenstern Are Dead,She Loves Me,The Real Thing,Hamlet,Sweet Charity,Days Like Today,Isaac's Eye,Arcadia,Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody(which he co-directed withStuartCarden) andShakespeare'sJulius Caesar(which he co- adapted and directed with Scott Parkinson. Most recently he directed The Importance of Being Earnest.Halberstam has appeared in numerous Writers Theatre productions, includingRichard II(title role),LootandMisalliance. Previously, he spent two years at The Stratford Festival in Ontario and performed inTimon of Athens, The Knight of theBurning Pestle(title role),Much Ado AboutNothingandAs You Like It. Halberstam's otherChicago acting credentials include productions with Wisdom BridgeTheater, Court Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.Elsewhere he directedTheGamester(Northlight Theatre),A Man for All Seasons(Peninsula PlayersTheatre),Hamlet(Illinois Shakespeare Festival),Candida(Jean Cocteau Repertory in New York),Ten Little Indians(Drury Lane Theatre),a highly acclaimed revival ofCrime and Punishment,which Writers Theatre produced off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City,EnchantedAprilandState of the Union(MilwaukeeRepertory Theater).In 2011 he directedAMinister's Wifeat Lincoln Center Theater, and also directed the west coast premiere at San Jose Repertory Theatre in2013. His forays into opera have includedThe Rape of Lucretia(Chicago Opera Theater),Francesca da Riminifeaturing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductedbyChristoph Eschenbach andLe Freyshutz,a Berlioz adaptation of the WeberoperaconductedbyChristoph Eschenbach in its North American Premiere (RaviniaFestival). He spent two and a half years teaching Shakespeare atThe Theatre School at DePaul Universityand has received awards for excellence in theatermanagement and/or artistic achievement from The Chicago Drama League,The Arts & Business Council of Chicago,Chicago Lawyers for the CreativeArts, and The Chicago Associates of the Stratford Festival. He also received the 2010Zelda Fichandler Award, the 2013 Aritstic Achievement Award from theLeague of Chicago Theatres, was named theChicago Tribune's 2013 "Chicagoan of the Year" for Theater, and received the 2016 Award of Honor forOutstanding Contributions to the Field from theIllinois Theatre Association,a special award for 2016 from the Joseph Jefferson Award Committee foroutstanding theatrical accomplishments and contributions to Chicagoland theatre for the past 25 years; and a distinguished Alumnus Award from the University ofIllinois.He currently serves on the board of theArts Club of Chicago.
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