Director Seth Gordon Visits IC Theatre Students
Seth Gordon, Associate Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, recently visited Ithaca College Theatre Arts students. An engaging and informative guest, Mr. Gordon shared his experiences working in theatre from his college days as a directing student at Carnegie Mellon University to his current career in regional theatre. He shared humorous anecdotes about his years directing in New York City and inadvertently becoming a producer when a new play he was working on at Primary Stages landed the cover of the “New York Times.” Answering student questions about career paths, he spoke of the interdependent relationship between commercial and non-profit theatre, how a professional theatre career is made by working diligently in both models, advising students, “Say yes to everything [opportunities to work in theatre],” especially when starting a career. Mr. Gordon ended his talk by emphasizing the need for theatre managers to be active, involved civic leaders engaged in economic growth and expanding opportunities for their communities.
Seth Gordon spent nine seasons as the Associate Artistic Director of the Cleveland Play House. At the Play House, he produced FusionFest, a performing arts festival, and the Next Stage Festival of New Plays. His Play House directing credits include Dinner with Friends, Proof, Forest City (world premiere), Vincent in Brixton, Tuesdays with Morrie, A Christmas Story, RFK, Of Mice and Men, The Chosen, Doubt, The Lady with All the Answers, Inherit the Wind, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, and A Soldier’s Tale, which featured a rarely produced libretto by Kurt Vonnegut. This year at St. Louis Rep he directed Next Fall at the Grandel Theatre and The Fall of Heaven on the main stage. In addition, he directed A Christmas Story at Syracuse Stage. He has also directed in Cleveland for Dobama Theatre, the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and the Beck Center for the Arts. He recently directed the Arabic premiere of Our Town in Cairo. Previously, he served as Literary Manager and then as Associate Producer of Primary Stages in New York, where he produced and/or directed countless productions, workshops and readings of new plays by this country’s leading playwrights. He has also directed at many other New York theatres, and has directed and lectured at various universities including The New School and Case Western Reserve University. He received the 2004 and 2006 Northern Ohio Live Award for Excellence in Theatre. Gordon's visit to IC was provided for by the Department of Theatre art's Guest Artist Fund.