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Jon Jory


Jon Jory is an author, playwright and theater director. He is the founder of the internationally renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky., and was previously the producing director at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the founding artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn.

As a writer, he has had nearly 100 plays published, and is the author of a number of books including Complete Tips for the ActorTips for the DirectorTips on Auditioning and Teaching the Actor Craft.

He has directed productions on and Off-Broadway; at The Guthrie in Minneapolis; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; Hartford Stage in Hartford, Conn.; American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, among others. He has also directed productions in Germany, Yugoslavia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Bulgaria and Romania.

In 1980, Jory received a special Tony Award for his work in regional theater. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2000.

Jory attended the Yale School of Drama, and prior to teaching at UCLA TFT, was a tenured acting professor at the University of Washington from 2000-2011.