George Ferencz has been active in New York theatre as a director, producer and teacher for over four decades. Currently, he is a resident director of La MaMa E.T.C. where he has directed over 30 productions during the last 30 years. Ferencz also continues as the Curator of the La MaMa Experiments Reading Series for a fifteenth season. Recently he directed Theatre For a New City’s production of 155 FIRST AVENUE in celebration of TNC’s 25th Anniversary of being in their current home. .Ferencz’s other recent productions include the La MaMa productions of CONJUR WOMAN (a blues opera) in New York and Rome and a workshop of THE DUTCH PLAY by Owa .
Ferencz has directed the premieres of over 40 writers including Toby Armour,Juan Samsul Allam, Amiri Baraka, Jimmy Breslin, Migdalia Cruz, , Hanay Geigomah, Josh Greenfeld, C.S. Hanson, Aisha Rachman, Yasmine Rana, Caridad Svich, Dan Therriault, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Jean Claude van Itallie, Mac Wellman, Edgar Nkosi White and Mike Zettler.
In addition, Ferencz has directed at regional theatres including the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, San Diego Rep and Syracuse Stage. He has been a guest director at Narrows Community College, NYU, Marmount Manhatten, Point Park University, University of Maine and the University of Southern Illinois .
European productions include Mishima’s LADY AOI in Munich before a tour of Eastern Europe, Shepard and Smith’s COWBOY MOUTH in Berlin before a German tour, the recent production of CONJUR WOMAN at Teatro La Communita in Rome and several jazz concerts in Italy for Max Roach Productions, including PERCUSSION SUMMIT with Roach, Tony Williams, Ginger Baker and a percussion orchestra M’BOOM.
Notable New York productions as a director include the La MaMa productions of SHEPARD SETS, an Obie-award winning festival of Shepard plays with music by Roach, GHOSTS: LIVE FROM GALILEE, the Scottsboro Boys Blues Opera; MONEY a jazz opera, THE TOOTH OF CRIME and EXPERIMENTA a festival of new plays developed in the Experiments Series/. Also the Lincoln Center Serious Fun production of JUJU; PARIS LIGHTS at the American Place Theater and the Impossible Ragtime Theatre productions of Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR and O’Neill’s DYNAMO and THE HAIRY APE.
As the Founding Director of four New York non-profit theatres – The Impossible Ragtime Theatre, the New Living Newspaper , CEMENT, and The Experimentals- Ferencz produced over 30 shows.
Ferencz has taught directing at Yale School of Drama, Brooklyn College, N.Y.U., Columbia and Marymount as well as the Michael Howard Studio, the Lee Strasberg Studio and Playwrights Horizons Directing Lab. He conducted a Director-Writer Workshop at Columbia University for 15 years and served as a guest resident director at New Dramatists and Program Director for Intar’s Music-Theatre Lab. Ferencz has lectured on directing at Cornell, Ohio University, Kent State University, Southern Illinois University, Syracuse University, a TCG Conference and an international directors symposium at La MaMa Umbria in Italy.
Ferencz lives in Brooklyn with his wife designer Sally Lesser and their son Jack.
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