Theater Residency with Joe Dowling

The Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program is excited to welcome internationally renowned guest artist Joe Dowling back to campus for the third time, now for an intensive residency culminating in this public showing of scenes. Launching a two-year initiative, Dowling, recently retired artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN (from 1995 to 2015), will serve as the Kenyon Family Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, working closely with Georgetown theater students in conjunction with the Georgetown University/Arena Stage/Ammerman Family Partnership.

As the Guthrie Theater’s Artistic Director, Joe Dowling directed 51 Guthrie productions and cultivated relationships with an extensive roster of esteemed artists including Angela Bassett, David Esbjornson, John Guare, T.R. Knight, Ethan McSweeny, Arthur Miller, Marsha Norman, Lisa Peterson, Mark Rylance and Courtney B. Vance, among others. His directorial credits include work on Broadway as well as many prominent theaters in the U.S., England, and Ireland. Prior to the Guthrie, Mr. Dowling served as artistic director for the Irish Theatre Company, the Abbey Theatre – where he founded the Young Abbey, Ireland’s first theater-in-education group – and The Gaiety Theatre where he founded the Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland’s premier drama school.

Under Dowling’s leadership, two actor training programs were created: the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program and A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training. The Guthrie’s partnership with The Acting Company of New York affords young actors an opportunity to perform classics on tour. Additionally, in 2001 Dowling developed the WorldStage Series, which has hosted more than a dozen companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company with Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear, Kneehigh Theatre with Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult under the direction of Emma Rice, and Druid Theatre Company with its production of DruidSynge directed by Garry Hynes.



**PLEASE NOTE:  Both public events as part of the residency have been cancelled due to severe weather.

January 30, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Showing of Chekov Scenes with Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program Students

Scenes featured will be from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Cherry Orchard, two inter-related works, one from early in his career and the other a masterpiece that further develops its themes. The public showing of scenes-in-progress will feature intermediate and advanced acting students who are working with Joe Dowling, and highlight the different demands and approaches that recent versions in translations/adaptations from Britain and the U.S., respectively, take.


January 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 

A Community Conversation with Joe Dowling

Join this Q/A to kick-start the residency and discuss the work of Joe Dowling, recently retired artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN (from 1995 to 2015).