Stephen Porter Biography (1925-)

Full name, Stephen Winthrop Porter; born July 24, 1925, in Ogdensburg, NY; son of Charles Talbot (an engineer) and Anna Martin (a teacher; maiden name, Newton) Porter. Addresses: OFFICE--44 Gramercy Park North, New York, NY10010.

Birth Details
July 24, 1925
Ogdensburg, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Director and designer, for McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Hippolytus, 1952, Measure for Measure and The Caprice of Marianne, both 1953,The Cenci and The Seagull, both 1954, Much Ado About Nothing, 1955.
  • producer and director, The Misanthrope, Theatre East, New York City, 1956.
  • producer, director, and designer, The Country Wife, Renata Theatre, New York City, 1957.
  • director of summer stock productions of: Mr. Roberts, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Matchmaker, Inherit the Wind, Auntie Mame, and Room at the Top, all at the Red Barn Theatre, Northport, NY, 1958-59.
  • director, Two Philoctetes, 1959.
  • director, Dark of the Moon and Our Town, both at the Fred Miller Theatre,Milwaukee, WI, 1959.
  • Director for the Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH: The Lady's Not for Burning, The Hostage, The Devil's Disciple, The Burnt Flower Bed, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, Major Barbara, and Sodom and Gomorrah, all 1962-65.
  • Director for the Association of Producing Artists (APA), at the McCarterTheatre, Princeton, NJ: Right You Are (If You Think You Are) and Scapin, both1960, King Lear and Twelfth Night, both 1961, The Alchemist and Antigone, both 1962, Caligula, Galileo, and Julius Caesar, all 1963.
  • Also directed for the APA: Scapin, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1963;A Phoenix Too Frequent, Trueblood Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI, 1963, Right You Are(If You Think You Are), Trueblood Theatre, 1963, then Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964, then Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1966, Impromptu at Versailles, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964, The Hostage, and Man and Superman, both 1964, The Wild Duck, 1965, The Show-Off, 1967, and The Misanthrope, 1968, all at the Trueblood Theatre; Krapp's Last Tape, King Lear, Twelfth Night, and Private Lives, all at Trueblood Theatre, then transferring to Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1969.
  • Credits; As the artistic director of the New Phoenix Repertory Company, New York City, directed: The School for Wives, Ann Arbor, then Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1971, Don Juan, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1972, Chemin de Fer, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1973, Rules of the Game, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1974, They Knew What They Wanted and Days in the Trees, 1976, produced
  • The Great God Brown and A Meeting by the River, 1972, Strike Heaven on the Face, Games, After Liverpool, The Government Inspector, Holiday, and The Visit, all 1973, The Removalists, Love for Love, In the Voodoo Parlor of MarieLeveau, and Pretzels, all 1974, The Member of the Wedding, Knuckle, DandelionWine, and Meeting Place, all 1975.
  • Director for other managements: The Alchemist, Gate Theatre, New York City, 1964; Tartuffe, Fred Miller Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1964; The Tempest andDiary of a Scoundrel, both at the Fred Miller Theatre, 1965; The Birds and School for Wives, both at the McCarter Theatre, 1965; Phaedra, Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, 1967; Thieves Carnival, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1967; As You Like It, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford,CT, 1968; Enrico IV, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1968; The Master Builder, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1968; The Wrong Way Light Bulb, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1969; Chemin de Fer, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1969; The Guardsman, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1969; Harvey, American National Theatre Academy (ANTA) Theatre, New York City, 1970;Richard II, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1970.
  • The Italian Straw Hat, Avon Theatre, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario, Canada, 1971; Captain Brassbound's Conversion, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, then Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1972; The Enchanted and The Prodigal Daughter, both at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 1973; The School for Wives and Born Yesterday, both at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, FL, 1973; End of Summer, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1975;The Importance of Being Earnest and Tartuffe, both at the Circle in the Square, New York City, 1977; Man and Superman, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1978; The Circle, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1978; Absurd Person Singular, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1978; Catsplay, Studio Arena Theatre, 1979; Major Barbara and The Man Who Came to Dinner, both at the Circle in the Square, New York City, 1980; My Husband's Wild Desires Almost Drove Me Mad, Studio Arena Theatre, 1980; Misalliance, The Twelve Pound Look, and The Browning Version, all at the Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1981;Mrs. Warren's Profession, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1981; The Misanthrope, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1983; The Madwoman of Chaillot, with the Mirror Repertory Company at the Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 1985.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Director, Harvey, 1971, and Present Laughter, both with the New Phoenix Repertory Company, U.S. cities, 1975.
  • Director, A Touch of the Poet, PBS, 1974.
  • Writings;ADAPTATIONS
  • (Translated, with Ellis Rabb) Two Philoctetes, 1959.
  • (translated, with Ellis Rabb) Scapin, for the APA at the McCarter Theatre, 1963.
  • Man and Superman, Ann Arbor, 1964.
  • (translated) Don Juan, for the New Phoenix Repertory Company at the Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1972.

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