Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director Emeritus

HOWARD SHALWITZ was the visionary force behind Woolly Mammoth for 38 seasons. Under his leadership, Woolly grew from a tiny alternative theater to one of the most influential creators of provocative new theater in America. Howard was the recipient of the 2014 Margo Jones Award in recognition of his lifetime commitment to new American plays and the 2012 Distinguished Finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award for Outstanding Regional Director. He received the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director for Clybourne Park and was nominated for the same award in 2014 for Stupid Fucking Bird. In recent seasons, he directed the premieres of Zombie: The American, Civilization, Fever/Dream, and Big Death and Little Death, along with Baby Screams Miracle, She Stoops to Comedy, Measure for Pleasure, and The Faculty Room. Howard has also directed for other leading American companies including New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Milwaukee Rep. He received his BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and his MA in Teaching from Brown University before launching his career as an actor and director in 1976.