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Founding Artistic Director
As the founding artistic director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Terrence O’Brien has directed HVSF’s productions of Troilus and Cressida, Pericles, Cymbeline, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Tartuffe, and The Winter’s Tale, as well as HVSF’s two winter productions at the Phillipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison.
He directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Stratford Arts Commission in Stratford, Connecticut; Streamers for the Los Angeles Performers Theater; The Caretaker at the American Conservatory Theater Studio in San Francisco; and the premieres of The Dolly and Hostel Witness at the 29th Street Project in New York City.
He has taught acting and directed student work at ACT, UC Berkeley and The Juilliard School. O’Brien is the director of the New World Shakespeare Lab in New York City, a group which seeks to evolve a more spontaneous style of acting Shakespeare. The Lab just completed a residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan.
He and his wife, Jane Praeger, live in Manhattan with their daughter Jenne and son Leo.