Richard Foreman is an internationally acclaimed playwright, director and designer. Born in New York City, he received a BA from Brown University in 1959 (Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in 1962 from Yale University. In 1968 he founded the Ontological-Hysteric Theater which soon became internationally known as one of the major avant-garde theaters of our time. He has written, directed and designed over thirty of his own plays both in the United States and abroad (with foreign casts and in the appropriate language, including six world premieres in Paris, one in Rome and one in Stockholm). His plays have often been co-produced with such groups as The New York Shakespeare Festival, La Mama, The Wooster Group and the Festival d’Automne in Paris. Three of Foreman’s plays have received OBIE awards as best play of the year: Rhoda in Potatoland, The Cure, and Film is Evil: Radio is Good. He has been awarded four additional OBIEs for direction and “Sustained Achievement.” In 1995 he was awarded a prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship for his “original vision and helping to shape American avant-garde theater.” He received the annual literature award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1992, and in 191 he was one of the first recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts award for “Lifetime Achievement in Theater.” Mr. Foreman has directed and designed many classical productions with major theaters around the world, including Three Penny Opera, The Golem, and plays by Havel, Botho Strauss and others for the New York Shakespeare Festival; Die Fledermaus at the Paris Opera; Don Giovanni at the Opera de Lille; Philip Glass’ Fall of the House of Usher at the American Repertory Theater and Maggio Musicale in Florence; Woyzeck at the Hartford Stage Company; Don Juan at the Guthrie Theater and The New York Shakespeare Festival; Kathy Acker’s Birth of the Poet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Ro Theater in Rotterdam; and Gertrude Stein’s Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights at the Autumn Festival in Berlin and Paris. He also collaborated (as librettist and stage director) with composer Stanley Silverman on eight music-theater pieces produced by The Music Theater Group and the New York City Opera, including Africanus Instructus which was produced in Paris, Lille and Madrid. Mr. Foreman has also directed the Houston Grand Opera production of Where’s Dick?, the feature film Strong Medicine, and three video films which were broadcast nationally on PBS. Mr. Foreman has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Playwright’s Award, a NEA Playwright’s Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation New American Plays Award. His work has been consistently supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Foreman’s work has also been the subject of six books: My Head Was A Sledgehammer and Other Plays, released by Overlook Press in the summer of 1995; Unbalancing Acts, which includes essays and the texts of five of his recent plays, was issued by Pantheon Books in 1992 and as a paperback by TCG Publications in 1993; Love & Science, featuring Mr. Foreman’s librettos for music-theater was released in 1991 by TCG Publications; Reverberation Machines, The Later Plays and Essays, released by Station Hill Press in 1985; The Theater of Richard Foreman, published in 1978 by UMI Press; and Richard Foreman, Plays and Manifestos, published in 1976 by New York University Press. His latest work of fiction, No-Body, is a novel in parts and was published by Overlook Press in 1997.