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Gilbert, Edward

Director born in Austria in 1937. He was educated at Oxford University and then worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was assistant director of the English section of the National Theatre School of Canada before beginning to direct at Manitoba Theatre Centre/MTC.

He was twice artistic director of MTC (1966-69/1972-75). There he directed Heartbreak House, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Lulu Street and Marat/Sade among many others.

He has also directed at the Shaw Festival (Major Barbara, 1967, You Never Can Tell, 1973) and the National Arts Centre (What the Butler Saw, 1971) among other venues across the country.

From 1993 to 2000, he was Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theatre, where he directed the premiere of Amazing Grace by Michael Cristofer, which then won the 1996 American Theatre Critics Association best play award. Next came the professional premiere of August Wilson's Jitney, which led to the premiere of his King Hedley II.

He currently resides in New York.

Last updated 2021-01-04