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May Adrales

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Artistic Director

MAY ADRALES is a director, teacher, arts advocate and artistic leader with a long history at The Lark.  She served as Director of Artistic Programs for three years as well as a director, artistic advisor and intern.   She has directed the world premieres and productions of Lark-affiliated writers, including Katori Hall, Rajiv Joseph, David Henry Hwang, A. Rey Pamatmat, Idris Goodwin, Chisa Hutchinson, Lloyd Suh, Thomas Bradshaw and Lauren Yee.  Nationally, she has helmed over 25 world premieres, including Qui Nguyen’s Lortel Award and Obie Award-Winning production Vietgone at Manhattan Theatre Club/ South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep.  Previously, she served as Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development at Milwaukee Rep, overseeing a robust commissioning and development pipeline for playwrights; Artistic Associate at The Playwrights Center, working with early career writers, and as Artistic Associate at The Public, focusing on their Mobile Shakespeare Unit.  She has taught and directed at Yale School of Drama, Brown University, Juilliard, NYU, Fordham, A.R.T., and A.C.T.  Adrales is the recipient of the TCG Alan Schneider Directing Award; League of Professional Women Josephine Abady Award; Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s inaugural Denham Fellowship and the recipient of a TCG New Generations grant.  She has held fellowships at Second Stage Theater, New York Theater Workshop, WP, SoHo Rep, and The Drama League.  She serves on the board of Theater Communications Group and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

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