BRIAN B. CROWE (he/him/his) is currently the Director of Education and a Resident Director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ), where he is in his 28th season. In May, Brian was named the incoming ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the company and he will take on those duties beginning in January, 2024.
During his tenure with STNJ, he has directed 27 plays in Shakespeare’s canon (in over 60 productions) as well as numerous other plays, including his original works based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Nevermore: The Final Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe) and Lewis Carroll (Wonderland…and What Was Found There). NJArts named his productions of The Metromaniacs Top Play for 2022. They also named his productions of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost Play (abridged) and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on their “Top 12 Plays in NJ for 2019.” The Star-Ledger called Mr. Crowe “one of the state’s most ingenious directors” (for Love’s Labour’s Lost) and has twice named him Best Director of a Drama (for Julius Caesar and for Wonderland). He has directed tours for the company’s Shakespeare LIVE! Education Touring Company every year since its inception in 1997.
As a director, he has also worked with The Human Race Theatre Company, where he was a resident company member; The Dayton Playhouse; Twelve Miles West Theatre Co; Rutgers University: Mason Gross School for the Arts; and others. Though his work has primarily focused on Shakespeare, he has also worked on a variety of other classic and contemporary texts, from Moliere to Frayn.
Mr. Crowe was instrumental in the creation and development of STNJ’s Shakespeare LIVE! educational touring company, which has brought engaging workshops and productions of Shakespeare to over 700,000 young people across the region since its inception in 1997. He teaches classes for the Theatre ranging from in-school Shakespeare residencies with over a hundred fourth-graders to audition workshops with college students across the Midwest and Northeast to the Shakespeare Book Club with local adult patrons. An Ohio-transplant and a proud graduate of Wright State University, he is an alumnus of STNJ’s Summer Professional Training Program, which he now oversees each year, providing intense and challenging hands-on training for early career theatre artists from across the country and beyond. He conducts Shakespeare workshops at universities across the country, and has been an adjunct instructor at Drew University.
Mr. Crowe holds BFAs in Directing and Acting from Wright State University, and was a Fellow at the 2000 International Salzburg Shakespeare Seminar. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
DIRECTING, Touring Productions
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare LIVE! Educational and Community Outreach Tours:
The Comedy of Errors*, A Midsummer Night’s Dream*, Macbeth*, The Tempest,
Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, Romeo & Juliet*, and NEVERMORE: The Final Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe
(original piece adapted from Poe)
(*-denotes multiple and differing productions)
The Human Race Theatre Company’s In-School Educational Tours:
Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and NEVERMORE: The Final Nightmares of
Edgar Allan Poe (original piece adapted from Poe)
DIRECTING, Artist Training Productions (undergrad and graduate-level)
STNJ’s Summer Professional Training Program: Acting Apprentice Company and Next Stage Ensemble:
Richard III, Edward III, The Two Noble Kinsmen, King John, Beowulf (adapted from Heaney),
Titus Andronicus, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale, Henry V, Henry VI: Part I and III
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2019 NJARTS TOP 12, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play
(abridged) at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
2017 NJARTS TOP 15, The Bungler at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
2016 NJ.COM TOP TEN, Coriolanus at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
2015 NJ.COM TOP SEVEN, Love’s Labour’s Lost at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor Stage
2006 Day-Tony Award for Directing for The Tempest at The Human Race Theatre Company; Dayton, OH.
2005 “Best Director of a Drama” by The Star Ledger for Julius Caesar at STNJ
1999 “Best Director of a Drama” by The Star Ledger for Wonderland…And What Was Found There, STNJ