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Josh Sobel

Josh Sobel is a Chicago-based director and new play dramaturg. He is Artistic Director of Haven Theatre Company, as well as an Ensemble Member and Literary Manager with Strawdog Theatre Company where he directed the world premieres of The Hunting of the Snark (subsequently remounted with Chicago's "Night Out In The Parks" and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland), Best Beloved: The Just So Stories and The Pied Piper in Strawdog Theatre Company’s Hugen Hall, and Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home as part of the 2015-2016 mainstage season. Directing credits include work at Victory Gardens, Steep Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Collaboraction's Sketchbook, WildClaw Theatre, The Ruckus, Tympanic Theatre, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, The Fine Print Theatre Company, the side project, Citadel Theatre, The Greenhouse Theater Center, Abbie-Fest and New Leaf Theatre. His production of Idris Goodwin's How We Got On received Honorable Mention from Kerry Reid in the Chicago Tribune's "Best of the Fringe 2013" listing. From 2010 - 2013 he served as associate director of the National Theater Institute summer "Theatermakers" program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Sobel is the recipient of a Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership on Hamlet at Writers' Theatre and is an associate member of SDC.

The Director's Haven
Essay

The Director's Haven

Creating Space for the Next Generation

4 October 2015

Haven Theatre Artistic Director Josh Sobel describes the gap in opportunities he seeks to fill with the new program The Director’s Haven. 

Celebrating the Audience
Essay

Celebrating the Audience

Approaches to Participatory Performance

27 July 2014

In his essay, Josh Sobel investigates interactive theatre.

A Shrinking Landscape
Essay

A Shrinking Landscape

Theater Criticism in Chicago Then and Now

2 October 2013

Josh Sobel investigates the relationship between critics and Chicago's theatre community.

Directors Haven
Series

Directors Haven

Three emerging directors speak on their experience as part of the Director's Haven program in Chicago.