Libby Appel

Artistic Director Emerita

Libby Appel

In 21 seasons at OSF: Artistic director, 1995–2007. Director: 29 productions including Seagull (also adapter); Pride and Prejudice; Paradise Lost; A View from the Bridge; The Cherry Orchard (also adapter); The Tempest; The Winter’s Tale (2006, 1990); Bus Stop; Richard III; Richard II; Macbeth; Saturday, Sunday, Monday; The Trip to Bountiful; Three Sisters; Henry V; Hamlet; Measure for Measure; Uncle Vanya; King Lear; The Magic Fire (also at the Kennedy Center); The Merchant of Venice; Enrico IV (The Emperor); The Seagull (OSF Portland). 

Other theatres: Intiman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, New Mexico Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Alabama, Colorado and Kern Shakespeare Festivals. 

Other credits: Artistic director, Indiana Repertory Theatre 1992–1996; dean and artistic director, School of Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts; head of the acting program at California State University, Long Beach; wrote Mask Characterization: An Acting Process; created and produced Inter/Face: The Actor and The Mask (video); co-author of two plays, Shakespeare’s Women and Shakespeare’s Lovers; OSF commissioned and published Five Chekhov Plays, which includes translations of Ivanov, Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard

Awards: Kennedy Center 2010 Stephen and Christine Schwarzman Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Theatre. 

Education: Honorary doctorates from Southern Oregon University, University of Portland and Willamette University; MA, Northwestern University; BA, University of Michigan.