TIME magazine has named American Repertory Theater’s Artistic Director Diane Paulus to the 2014 TIME 100, which is its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. Robert Brustein, now a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard, served as Artistic Director until 2002 when Robert Woodruff succeeded him, founded the A.R.T. in 1980, and was also the founding director of the Yale Repertory as well. Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. expanded the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.
Throughout its history the A.R.T. has been honored with many awards; with Paulus directing, A.R.T. has received consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), which is currently touring in the US, and Pippin (2013), for which she also is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical, and which is now on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre soon to be launched on a national tour this fall.
- At the A.R.T. her other productions include;
- Witness Uganda, created by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews;
- Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus’s ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony Award-winner Steven Sater with music composed by Grammy Award-winner Serj Tankian;
- Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music;
- The Donkey Show a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream;
- Best of Both Worlds with book and lyrics by Randy Weiner and music by Diedre Murray;
- Johnny Baseball, with music by Robert Reale, lyrics by Willie Reale, book by Richard Dresser and story by Richard Dresser and Willie Reale.
Paulus is currently developing the new musical Finding Neverland, the opening production of A.R.T.’s 2014-15 season, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, book by James Graham and choreography by Mia Michaels. Her other recent work includes Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation which had its world premiere in Montreal in April 2012 and is now currently on tour in the US; The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End.
As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, Il mondo della luna, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, and the Monteverdi trilogy L'incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Orfeo. Diane is a Professor of the Practice in Theater in Harvard University’s English Department, and was one of Boston Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Bostonians in 2012. She was awarded the 2012 Founders award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League, and is on Variety's Women's Impact List 2014.
The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including the Civil War Project, an initiative that culminates in the staging of new work in the 2014/15 Season. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.
As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. A.R.T. artists also teach undergraduate courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, which is run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theater School, offers graduate-level training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice.
Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area. Through subsidized tickets to A.R.T. productions, mentoring opportunities, theater skill building, artist talks and more, the A.R.T. is deepening its connection to the community of theatregoers, including school children, teachers, parents and professionals.
TIME’s list, now in its 11th year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. As TIME has described the list in the past,
“The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world; it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world; it’s a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”
Diane Paulus commented:
“I am deeply honored by this recognition, which for me, is a tribute to the incredible collaboration I have enjoyed over the last several years with the many artists, audiences, producers, and advocates of the arts that I have been lucky enough to work with, including the extraordinary team at the American Repertory Theater and Harvard University. It has always been my goal for theater to have an impact on the world we live in, as I know it can and should, and to be represented on this list is a thrilling sign that we are on our way.”