Title: Artistic Director, Founder
Company: Ontological-Hysteric Theater
Location: New York, New York, United States
Richard Foreman, Artistic Director and Founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theatre and entertainment.
Mr. Foreman realized from an early age that putting pen to paper and crafting a unique and entertaining story was almost a form of alchemy. As early as grammar school, he began writing plays, and in high school and college, he began to look at the craft in a different way, becoming an actor. As an undergraduate, he returned to writing plays and with the encouragement of those around him, knew he wanted to create art meant for the stage. While attending Brown University, Mr. Foreman’s professor Juan Lopez Moreillas introduced him to European thought, leading to a critical and defining shift in his life. Once at Yale University, his playwright professor, John Gassner, instilled in him an insurmountable amount of inspiration. Joe Papp has been another trusted and trailblazing mentor for Mr. Foreman.
Mr. Foreman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1959 and continued his education at Yale University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 1962. In addition to these degrees, he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Brown University in 1993.
Having authored and directed more than 50 plays on and off-Broadway, Mr. Foreman has many recognizable works attributed to his name. In 1972, he authored and directed Dr. Selavy’s Magic Theatre and in 1976, he authored and directed “Rhoda in Potatoland.” He directed the 3-Penny Opera in 1976. Some of his more recent works include writing and directing 1998’s “Benita Canova,” 1997’s “Pearls for Pigs,” 1992’s “Unbalancing Acts,” and 1987’s “Film is Evil: Radio is Good.” He is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, the Society of Stage Directors and PEN International. Mr. Foreman founded the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York in 1968. He served as the director-in-residence of the New York Shakespeare Festival from 1975 to 1976 and the artistic director of Theatre O.G in Paris, France from 1973 to 1985.
Throughout his career, Mr. Foreman has been recognized for his creativity and contributions to theatre. In 1971 and 1974, he was honored as a Creative Artist’s Public Service Fellow from the New York State Arts Council. In 1972 Mr. Foreman was named a Guggenheim Fellow, and in 1974 a Rockefeller Fellow. He was the recipient of the Obie Award from the Village Voice first in 1976, in 1997, and in 1998. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Education Association in 1990 and an Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France in 1982 and 2003. In 1992, he was honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize in Literature. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Foreman was a MacArthur Fellow. In addition to these achievements, Mr. Foreman received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Master American Dramatist in 2001.
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