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Oskar Eustis

December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

*PLEASE NOTE: This event has been relocated to the First Unitarian Church and will take place from 6-8pm. Registration is required for entry.*

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, has transformed theater with his dedication to the development of new plays as a director, dramaturg, and producer. He’s nurtured the creation of such hits as the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary hip-hop musical Hamilton. Regarded worldwide a leading force in American theater, Eustis will discuss the journey and ideas behind his work.

Event information:

– Location: The program has been moved to the First Unitarian Church at 1 Benevolent Street (on the corner of Benefit and Benevolent, two blocks from the library).

– Time: 6-8pm. Doors open at 5:15pm; the speaking program will begin at 6pm.

– Parking: The First Unitarian Church has a small adjacent parking lot with an entrance on Benefit Street. Additional street parking is available, and we encourage attendees to leave ample time to find parking.

– Access: Doors will open at 5:15pm. Please enter the church through the main doors on Benefit Street. Those who prefer to avoid stairs should use the accessible entrance on Benevolent Street.

– Seating: Seating is general admission. There will be additional seats available on the mezzanine level.

– Q&A: Following the speaking program, there will be a Q&A with selected, pre-submitted questions. You are invited to submit questions when you register.

Photo credit: Aislinn Weidele


Oskar Eustis has served as the Artistic Director of The Public Theater since 2005. In the last three years, he has produced 2 Tony Award winning Best Musicals (Fun Home and Hamilton), and back to back winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton and Sweat. He came to The Public from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI where he served as Artistic Director from 1994 to 2005. Eustis served as Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum from 1989 to 1994, and prior to that he was with the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, serving as Resident Director and Dramaturg from 1981 to 1986 and Artistic Director from 1986 to1989. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training. At The Public, Eustis directed the New York premieres of Rinne Groff’s Compulsion and The Ruby Sunrise; Larry Wright’s The Human Scale; and most recently Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park. He has funded numerous ground-breaking programs at the Public, from Public Works and Public Forum to the EWG. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, both recipients of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production. While at the Eureka Theatre, he commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado, among many others.