Christopher McElroen

Christopher McElroen is a New York based producer and director. He co-founded the Classical Theatre of Harlem (named “1 of 8 Theatres in America to Watch” by the Drama League) where between 1999 and 2009 he produced 41 productions that yielded 18 AUDELCO, six Obie, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and a Drama Desk Award. He has directed over thirty productions including The Cherry Orchard, an original adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel Native Son, Marat/Sade, The Blacks: A Clown Show (four 2003 Obie Awards, one of the ten best Off Broadway productions of 2003 by The New York Times), and the world-premiere of 51st (dream) State, the final work of poet, musician, and activist Sekou Sundiata (BAM’s Next Wave Festival, international tour). Alongside visual artist Paul Chan and Creative Time, Mr. McElroen co-produced and directed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, a community development through the arts initiative that staged Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot outdoors in the Lower Ninth Ward and Gentilly communities of post-Katrina New Orleans (NYT top 10 national art events of 2007). The production archives are now part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and were exhibited from May 2010 through September 2011. He has directed or guest lectured at Stanford University, Duke University, Purdue University, New York University, Pace University, Dartmouth College, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina, The Contemporary Arts Center Boston, The Walker Arts Center, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. His work has been recognized with the American Theatre Wing Award (Outstanding Artistic Achievement), Drama Desk Award (Artistic Achievement), Edwin Booth Award (Outstanding Contribution to NYC Theatre), Lucille Lortel Award (Outstanding Body of Work), and two Obie Awards (Sustained Achievement and Excellence in Theatre).

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