New Directions is a commission program uniquely designed to offer development lab time for leading directors in our field with the resources to develop projects for possible future productions at Seattle Rep and beyond.

New Directions provides the opportunity to start new collaborations, strengthen our bonds with freelance directors we admire, and the chance for directors to ask deeper, bigger questions of themselves and their work. 

The inaugural director commissions include Donald Byrd, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Taibi Magar, and John Douglas Thompson in collaboration with Carey Perloff.

We want to more fully recognize the capacity of directors as generative artists. They take an idea and create a world. These commissions will support the work of exceptional directors at their earliest creative stages.

Braden Abraham, Artistic Director


Meet the Directors

Donald Byrd

Valerie Curtis-Newton

Taibi Magar

Carey Perloff

In Collaboration with John Douglas Thompson

John Douglas Thompson

In Collaboration with Carey Perloff

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