Gideon Lester is professor of theater and director of theater programs at Bard College. A London native, he received his B.A. from Oxford University, where he studied English literature, and completed his graduate training in dramaturgy at Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar.
He is the co-curator of Crossing the Line, a transdisciplinary arts festival in New York City. From 1997 to 2009, Lester worked at the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as acting artistic director, associate artistic director, and resident dramaturg. From 1997 to 2009, he directed Harvard University’s MFA program in dramaturgy at the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. He also taught undergraduate courses in playwriting and dramaturgy at Harvard College. Lester’s translations for the stage include plays by Marivaux, Büchner, and Brecht, and his stage adaptations include Kafka’s Amerika
and Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire
. His work has been presented at theaters and festivals throughout the world. He has curated international colloquia including “Bodies on the Line” with Anna Deavere Smith, at NYU (2010), and “New Worlds, New Arts, New Models: Imagining the Future of Global Arts Institutions” at NYU Abu Dhabi (2011). Since 2009, he has taught at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he founded and currently directs the Arts Collaboration Lab in association with Performance Space 122. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia