Robert Woodruff has directed over 60 productions across the U.S. at theatres including Lincoln Center Theater, Guthrie Theater and Mark Taper Forum, among others. Most recently, he directed Battle of Black and Dogs at Yale and Madame White Snake for Opera Boston which premiered in Beijing in October, 2010. Recent works include Notes from Underground (Yale, La Jolla and Baryshnikov Center NYC), Ifigeneia in Aulis with Toneelgroep Amsterdam and Philip Glass’s Appomattox for the San Francisco Opera.
Internationally, his work has been seen at the Habimah National Theatre in Israel, Sydney Arts Festival, Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Festival of the Arts, Jerusalem Festival, and Spoleto Festival USA. Early work includes many premiere productions with Sam Shepard, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Buried Child. Mr. Woodruff has taught at the University of California campuses at San Diego and Santa Barbara, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Columbia University.
In 1976 he founded The Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, a forum for new American drama, which still flourishes in the San Francisco Area. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Woodruff was the Artistic Direcgtor of American Repertory Theatre. He was named a 2007 USA Biller Fellow by United States Artists, an arts advocacy foundation dedicated to the support and promotion of America’s top living artists. He teaches at The Yale School of Drama.