Bard Faculty

Gideon Lester

Artistic Director for Theater and Dance, Fisher Center; Professor of Theater and Performance; Director, Theater and Performance Program

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


B.A., University of Oxford; dipl. in dramaturgy, Harvard University. A leading curator of contemporary theater, dance, and performance, Lester has produced and presented performances by preeminent artists from around the world, including Justin Vivian Bond, Romeo Castellucci, Neil Gaiman, John Jasperse, Ralph Lemon, Faustin Linyekula, Krystian Lupa, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Sellars, Anna Deavere Smith, Geoff Sobelle, and Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He previously taught at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar; and Columbia University School of the Arts, where he founded the Arts Collaboration Lab in association with PS122. Cocurator of Crossing the Line, a transdisciplinary arts festival in New York City, he has also served as artistic director and resident dramaturg at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His translations include plays by Marivaux, Büchner, and Brecht; stage adaptations include Kafka’s Amerika, Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire, and Bulgakov's Master and Margarita. At Bard since 2012.


Phone: 845-758-7949
Departments: Arts,Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Location: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts