John Gould Rubin (Director) is Artistic Director of The Private Theatre, for which he directed a radical, site-specific, Hedda Gabler; Strindberg’s Playing with Fire, produced at The Box (the notorious burlesque house) and Peer Gynt with wheel-chair-using, British actor, Neil Hancock for The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, and the Old Vic. He recently directed The Cherry Orchard with Ellen Burstyn, Riding The Midnight Express (off Broadway and Soho Theater, London,) Double Indemnity for the Old Globe and was co-Artistic/Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater, for which he directed eight shows, produced Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (in NY/Edinburgh/West End) and Our Lady of 121st Street for (also Off-Broadway.) He also produced the tour of Stephen Dillane’s one-man Macbeth to London, Sydney and New Zealand. Other recent Work includes: Kindertransport, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Reza De Wet’s Three Sisters Two, The Seagull, for Adler, the off-Broadway musical The Fartiste; and a bilingual workshop of Ximena Escalante’s Electra Despierta at Cal Arts. He wrote and performed in Karole Armitage’s multi-media show, The Predators’ Ball, (The Pergola Theater, Florence and The Next Wave Festival, BAM.) He is devising two other large pieces; one on Sargeant Shriver, the Peace Corps and the war in the Dominican Republic; and another on the life and iconoclastic career of Erik Satie.
As an actor, Mr. Rubin appeared at The Public in The Sacrifices; Second Stage in John Patrick Shanley’s, Cellini; on Broadway w/Glenn Close and Gene Hackman in Death and The Maiden, (Mike Nichol’s dir.;) in Moliere’s Don Juan at The Mark Taper Forum (DramaLogue Award in Acting); as Jacques in John Tillinger’s production of As You Like It; in Martin Crimp’s adaptation of The Misanthrope, (with Uma Thurman and Roger Rees;) and the lead in Mr. Crimp’s Play With Repeats, with Frances McDormand.