Hunter Bird is Brooklyn-based theatre director and has developed, directed, and associate directed new work at Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, and numerous theatres across the country. Recent projects include The Laodamiad at Signature Theatre and The Getty Villa, developed at Roundabout Theatre Company with dramaturg Oskar Eustis. Select NYC: World premiere of Craig Lucas’ Tales of Life and Death (59E59, Edinburgh Festival), an immersive production of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret (Secret Theatre), The Other Side of Paradise (Ars Nova, Speakeasy Tour), The Imaginary Menagerie (The McKittrick Hotel, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub), Romeo and Juliet (Lincoln Center Education), The Crazy Ones (New Musicals @ 54 Below), Edward II (The Tank), Held Momentarily (NYC Fringe, Fringe Encore Series), Eversion (Ars Nova). Associate and assistant directing credits include the Pre-Broadway run of Clybourne Park, The Flaming Lips’ musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and work on Broadway and across the country with Lynne Meadow, Des McAnuff, Pam MacKinnon, Doug Hughes, Graciela Daniele, Gilbert Cates, Eve Ensler, and the National Theatre of Scotland. Colony Coordinator of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals (2014 - 2016), where he worked with over 120 writers of new musicals. Awards / Honors: Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow (MTC, 2017), the Samuel J. Friedman Assistantship (MTC, 2015), SDCF Observership (2013), The UCLA Emerging Director Award (2011), Gilbert Cates Fellowship (2009). Training: BA in Directing and Musical Theatre from UCLA; RADA (Short Directing Course). Represented by Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency
Previous Arts Administration credits include: Producer of SHOW SEARCH, the first National High School and College 10 Minute Musical competition (University of CA, Irvine - 2015; Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts - 2013), Interim Assistant to the Producing Director at Center Theatre Group, Event Coordinator of Southern California Festival of New American Musicals, and Founding Artistic Director of Act III Theatre Ensemble at UCLA.
Upcoming projects with Zack Zadek, Kate Douglas, Oliver Houser, Chas LiBretto, and Chas LiBretto.