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John Vreeke

By Wes Calkin

John Vreeke has directed for Woolly for the past fifteen years. His assignments include, but are not limited to, Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries and Guards at the Taj, Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit and Cherokee, Kris Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety, which received nine Helen Hayes nominations, Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, and Sam Hunter’s A Bright New Boise. He is a six-time Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Director. John also directed Tony Kushner’s epic play The Intelligent Homosexuals Guide to Socialism and Capitalism with a Key to the Scriptures for Theater j, and, for the Round House Theater,  Nicki Silver’s The Lyons and Annie Baker’s Uncle Vanya. He is a regular director at Metro Stage with award winning shows such as Stoppard’s Heroes, and he directed Stephen Adley Gurigi’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot twice for Forum Theater. Directing credits at other DC area theaters include: Washington Shakespeare Company, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center,. Source Festival, Charter Theatre, Theater Alliance, Kennedy Center TYA, Imagination Stage, and the Helen Hayes Awards Ceremony. He started his professional work as a director decades ago with Nina Vance at the Alley Theatre. He worked with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Attic Theatre in LA, Salt Lake Acting Company, and First Stage in Milwaukee. He was the Associate Producer and Casting Associate for the CBS TV Series: Northern Exposure.