John Basil is the Producing Artistic Director of American Globe Theatre, which is the longest running off-off Broadway theatre in midtown Manhattan. Now entering its 24th year, John has directed 25 of Shakespeare’s plays for American Globe, including Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, Titus Andronicus, As You like It, and Much Ado About Nothing. Regionally, John has directed works of great diversity — from
Richard III and The Two Gentlemen of Verona to Proposals and Candida — for the Asolo Theater, American Stage Festival, Bradley University, and the University of Colorado, to name a few. Along the way he has also directed five seasons of opera at Sarasota Opera. His dynamic and upbeat Playing Shakespeare Series continues to enlighten and inspire actors across the nation. He helped to launch the Sedona Shakespeare Festival in Arizona and has presented his workshops for Columbia Teachers College, Penn State and Oklahoma State University. Currently Mr. Basil is also an assistant professor at Marymount Manhattan College. John has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and has been awarded the Iben Lectureship for Shakespeare. John’s book, Will Power, A 21 Day Journey to Acting Shakespeare, was published in the fall of 2006.