Seth Baumrin is chairperson of the Department of Communications and Theatre Arts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Artistic Director of Subpoetics International (France), Literary Director of A Laboratory for Actor Training (Brooklyn), and Artistic Director of Gershom Theatre Laboratory in L’viv (Ukraine). Baumrin trained as a director with Eugenio Barba and Jerzy Grotowski. For over 30 years Baumrin has worked on and off in detention facilities, mental hospitals, and learning centers for people with diverse challenges and disabilities, using creative drama in therapeutic work for non-actors. Baumrin is the author of multiple scholarly essays on theatre history and treatises on acting and directing. Baumrin has also directed over sixty productions like Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman; Milhaud’s Médèe; Lorca’s As Five Years Pass; Calderon’s Life is a Dream; and McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding.