Maria Aitken has credits that include the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps which she directed at the Huntington Theatre Company as its American premiere before its Broadway and Off Broadway runs. Ms. Aitken also directed Bedroom Farce, The Seagull, The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, Private Lives, and Educating Rita at the Huntington. Her other credits include Heartbreak House (Delaware Resident Ensemble Players), The Cocktail Hour (Guthrie Theater), Sherlock’s Last Case (UK), The Gift (Geffen Playhouse and Melbourne Theatre, Australia), the Tony Award-nominated Man and Boy (West End and Broadway), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Japes (Bay Street Theater), Noël Coward’s Easy Virtue (Chichester Festival Theatre), Lady Bracknell’s Confinement (Vineyard Theatre NYC), School for Scandal (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), As You Like It (Regent’s Park), and many others. As an actress in London at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in the West End, her leading roles included Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce, Travesties, Waste, Private Lives, and The Vortex, among others. Her film credits include A Fish Called Wanda for which she was nominated for a BAFTA. Ms. Aitken is a visiting teacher at the British American Drama Academy, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, New York University, The Actors Center in New York, and the Academy for Classical Acting. She is the author of two books, A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy. In 2012 she became a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation.
(As of September 2016)