Tazewell Thompson has produced and directed more than 60 plays, which include works by classicists like Shakespeare, Moliere, and Euripides, as well as American masters like Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Thornton Wilder. Thompson is former Artistic Director of the Westport Country Playhouse, and former artistic associate of Arena Stage and The Acting Company. He also served as the artistic director of Syracuse Stage. Where he designed and edited StageView, a newsletter cited by Wilsonia Cherry of The National Endowment for the Humanities as "the finest theatre newsletter published in America." Thompson directed the Glimmerglass Opera production of Les Dialogues des Carmelites last season for New York City Opera. His production of Porgy and Bess, also for New York City Opera, was televised for Live from Lincoln Center and received Emmy nominations for Best Classical Production and Best Director. Thompson directed world premiere operas of Stefan, Luyala, Vanqui and As of a Dream. This summer and fall, Mr. Thompson will direct Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice for Glimmerglass Opera; Gilbert and Sullivan's Patiencefor New York City Opera, and Les Dialogues des Carmelites for Vancouver Opera. Also a playwright, Thompson has been commissioned to write plays for Lincoln Center Theater, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory and People's Light and Theatre Company. Thompson is a board member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Society for New Music and the Thornton Wilder Society.