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Oskar Eustis

Theater and Democracy

Michael Urie and Nikki M. James in A Bright Room Called Day,” writ­ten by Tony Kush­ner and directed by Oskar Eustis, run­ning at The Pub­lic The­ater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020
5:10 pm


In-person Event

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Watch Video
Open to the public
Free of charge

Oskar Eustis has served as artis­tic direc­tor of The Pub­lic The­ater in New York City since 2005. In the past four years, Eustis has pro­duced two Tony Award-win­ning pro­duc­tions in the cat­e­gory of best musi­cal (Fun Home and Hamil­ton), as well as two pro­duc­tions that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Hamil­ton and Sweat). Prior to his role at The Pub­lic, Eustis enjoyed a sto­ried career that began at the Eureka The­atre Com­pany in San Fran­cisco (1986 – 1989), where he com­mis­sioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in Amer­ica, and directed its world pre­mière at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Ange­les. At The Pub­lic, Eustis directed the New York pre­mieres of Rinne Groff’s Com­pul­sion and The Ruby Sun­rise; Larry Wright’s The Human Scale; Julius Cae­sar; Pub­lic Works Twelfth Night at Shake­speare in the Park; and Suzan-Lori Parks’ White Noise. Addi­tion­ally, he has founded numer­ous ground­break­ing pro­grams at The Pub­lic, includ­ing Pub­lic Works, Pub­lic Forum, the Emerg­ing Writ­ers Group, and the Mobile Unit. Over the course of his career, Eustis has directed the world pre­mieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Parks, Ellen McLaugh­lin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others.

Co-pre­sented with Uni­ver­sity Musi­cal Soci­ety (UMS).