Wesley Savick, MFA

Professor
Department of Theatre

Phone: 617-973-5358
Fax: 617-742-5024
Email: wsavick@suffolk.edu
Office: Archer Building, Rm. 445

Education

  • MFA, Boston Univeristy
  • ABD, Norwestern University
  • MA, Marquette University
  • BA, Dartmouth College

Biography

I have directed over 55 professional productions and have written the book and libretto for an opera based on the life of Liberace as well as theatre pieces based on Edgar Allen Poe; the medieval mystic Margery Kempe, former U.S. Ambassador George F. Kennan; and historian and social activist Howard Zinn (Shouting Theatre in a Crowded Fire).

I have directed Theatre Department Productions’ Boston premiere of Len Jenkin's Pilgrims of the Night, Peter Brook's The Conference of the Birds, Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, and my own adaptations of Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco and The Suicide by Nicolai Erdman.

I directed Boston Playwright Theatre productions of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott's Walker, Payne Ratner's Infestation, Ronan Noone's The Blowin of Baile Galle, (Elliot Norton Award for "Best New Script) and Russel Lees' Monticel' and Kate Snodgrass’ Glider. I also acted in the BPT premiere of Haymarket by Zayd Dohrn. I directed the premiere of Shel Silverstein's Signs of Trouble at the Market Theatre and the touring production of Friendship of the Sea at North Shore Music Theatre. I directed the New England premiere of Caryl Churchills A Number at the Payomet Theater in Cape Cod.

I have served as Artistic Director of Theatre X in Milwaukee and Artistic Associate of the Organic Theatre in Chicago and as Interim Artistic Director of the Drama League of New York's Director's Project. I was also artist-in-residence at the DARTS/Subaru Theatre in Tokyo.

I hold degrees from Dartmouth College, Marquette University and am ABD at Northwestern University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre. I am a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training and the Directors Project of the Drama League of New York. I received an Individual Artists Grant from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, enabling me to live in Japan for a year to study noh and kabuki theatre techniques as well as nagauta shamisen, takebue and nohkan.

I am especially interested in new plays and play development, the avant-garde, intercultural performance, and post-modern interpretations of classical theatre.