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Steven Cosson [Lab Activities]

Steve Cosson is the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians. With the company, he was writer/director of Nobody's Lunch (PS 122), Paris Commune (La Jolla Playhouse, co-authored with Michael Friedman), Gone Missing (productions in New York, London, HBO's US Comedy Festival, US tour), and Canard, Canard, Goose? (Joe's Pub/Public Theater and HERE). At Soho Rep, he directed the US premiere of Attempts on Her Life (Martin Crimp), The Communist Dracula Pageant (Anne Washburn), and Marge (Peter Morris). Regionally, Cosson directed the US premieres of Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love and Peter Morris' The Square Root of Minus One; new plays by Erik Ehn, John C. Russell, and others; Measure for Measure; The Importance of Being Earnest (ACT Conservatory); The Time of Your Life (Williamstown Theatre Festival); and recently Caryl Churchill's Serious Money at Carnegie Mellon University. Cosson’s other original work includes Fingered (ASK Theater Projects and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) and Close to Shore (San Diego Rep).

Mr. Cosson has been a Resident Director at New Dramatists.  His other honors and awards include the 2004 OBIE for The Civilians, a MacDowell Fellowship, an NEA/TCG Career Development Program grant, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival Boris Sagal Fellowship. He received his MFA from UC San Diego and was a Fulbright Scholar, Colombia.

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