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Michael Wilson

Drama Desk Award winning director, former artistic director of Hartford Stage (1998-2011), and treasurer SDC, the national labor union of professional theater directors and choreographers

MICHAEL WILSON directed the Broadway revivals of Old Acquaintance (2007, Roundabout Theatre Co), Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012, TONY nom Best Revival), and The Trip to Bountiful (2013, TONY Award Best Actress, Cicely Tyson), as well as the TONY nominated new plays Enchanted April (2003) and Dividing the Estate (2008, Lincoln Center Theater).  In 2010, he received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards for his direction of Horton Foote’s three-part nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle, a co-production of Signature Theater Company and Hartford Stage, where Wilson served as Artistic Director from 1998 to 2011.  Other Off-Broadway productions include Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy (2015); Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (2011); Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly (2013); and premieres by Elizabeth Egloff, Eve Ensler, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, Beth Henley, Tina Howe and Christopher Shinn.  His screen debut -- the 2014 Lifetime/Ostar Productions television film of The Trip to Bountiful -- earned Wilson a DGA Award nomination for Outstanding Direction.  An SDC member since 1993, Wilson currently serves as Treasurer of the national union of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Melia and Michael hug each other.
From Guest to Host
Essay

From Guest to Host

Melia Bensussen and Michael Wilson in Conversation

24 February 2019

Melia Bensussen, incoming artistic director at Hartford Stage, talks with Michael Wilson, who previously ran the theatre for thirteen years.