Playwrights Directors

Sarah Krohn

Sarah Krohn develops and directs new work and adaptations. Recent projects include The Pits by Joshua Harmon (Sagal Fellowship Play at Williamstown Theater Festival, 2013) and Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner (presented at Fordham/Primary Stages and Arts Nova's ANT Fest, 2013). Krohn co-conceived and directed Victor Frange Presents Gas, Dan O’Neil’s new adaptation of Georg Kaiser's Gas I, which was presented at NYC’s Incubator Arts Project in August, 2012.

She has directed and developed work through Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, The Flea Theater, BAX, Williamstown Theater Festival, Dixon Place, JACK, Boston Center for the Arts, and New Repertory Theater, among others. She is a 2011 graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s MFA directing program and recipient of the NYDAC/Henry Boettcher Award for excellence in directing.

Krohn is a member of: 2014–16 Women's Project Theater Lab; Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab; and the 2012–13 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. She is a co-facilitator of The Jam (New Georges’ writer-director group) and a recipient of an inaugural Audrey Residency from New Georges.

Krohn directed The Virgin Woods by Mary Clohan during the 2016 Playwrights Festival.

Knud Adams

Knud Adams is a theater director who specializes in artful, intelligent, radical new plays. His recent productions include: Krazytown by Jenny Schwartz, Every Angel is Brutal by Julia Jarcho, On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba and Asleep at the Wheel by Eliza Bent, Tom & Eliza by Celine Song, Snore and Gun Logistics by Max Posner, An Intimate Evening with Typhoid Mary by Carl Holder, My Jane by Daniel Kramer, Loveplay/Playmoney by Sam Alper, and Salome of the Moon by Nick Jones.

He was a Drama League directing fellow, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a Playwrights Horizons directing resident. After graduating from Kenyon College, he continued his training by assisting some of the nation's foremost theater artists, including André Gregory, Elizabeth LeCompte, Richard Foreman, Sam Gold, and Sarah Benson. Before moving to the United States at age fifteen, he grew up in France, England, and Scotland.

Adams directed Sardanapalus by Jake Mariani during the 2016 Playwrights Festival and The Stand-In by Bryna Turner during the 2014 Playwrights Festival

Past Playwrights Directors

2015–2016 Directors

Lee Sunday Evans

Evans is a director and a choreographer. Credits include: D Deb Debbie Deborah by Jerry Lieblich,A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks by Kate Benson (OBIE Award), The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew, God’s Ear by Jenny Schwartz, All Girls by Anna Greenfield, The Deepest Play Ever by Geoffrey Decas, TheMomentum and Family Play (1979 to Present) by CollaborationTown, The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht with original music by Nicholas C. Williams. Her work has been presented/developed at: Clubbed Thumb, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sundance Theater Lab, BAX, CATCH, LMCC, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, The New Ohio, Dixon Place, Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theater, Juilliard, New Victory, Coatesville VA Medical Center. Evans is currently in development with Matthew Paul Olmos, Kate Benson, Boo Killebrew, and Andy Bragen among others. In winter 2015, she will direct a workshop production of Miller, Mississippi at the Alley Theater. Evans is the resident director for CollaborationTown. The company is developing a new musical for young audiences as part of New Victory’s LabWorks, and has a commission from LCT3. Evans recently joined the MFA faculty at Sarah Lawrence College; she has also taught for the Waterwell Drama Program at PPAS in NYC, The Vineyard Theater, Boston University, and with the International Theater & Literacy Program in Tanzania and Rwanda. She is a Time Warner Fellow of the 2014-2016 Lab at Women’s Project Theater, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Evans received her BFA from Boston University.

Evans directed Lights Over Philo by Bryna Turner during the 2015 Playwrights Festival.

José Zayas

Zayas graduated from Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University. He is co-founder and artistic director of The Immediate Theater Company. Zayas has held residencies at numerous theaters including Repertorio Espanol, the Ensemble Studio Theater, and INTAR, where he served as co-producer of the 2006 New Works Theater. In 2007 he was selected as one of’s People of the Year. He is also a drama league fellow and an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director's Lab and Soho Rep Writer/Director's Lab. He has received numerous fellowships including the Phil Killian, Kenneth Frankel, John Pasquin, and Van Lier. He is a current participant of the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.

Credits include:  Caridad Svich's In the Time of the Butterflies (Repertorio Espanol) and The House of the Spirits (Denver, 5 Ovation awards including best direction; Repertorio Espanol multiple ACE and HOLA awards, including best production and director; Teatro Mori, Chile), Madre, el drama padre, (ACE and HOLA awards, Repertorio Espanol)  Nowhere on the Border (ACE and HOLA awards, Repertorio Espanol), Letters to a Mother, (ACE and HOLA awards, Repertorio Espanol), Father of Lies (PS122), MilkMilkLemonade By Joshu Conkel (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Feeder: A Love Story by JD Carter (TerraNOVA Collective), Babes in Toyland (Ice Factory), Southern Promises by Thomas Bradshaw (PS122), Ghost Light by Desi Moreno-Penson (59e59), Lies I Wish I'd Told You... by Mallery Avidon (Dixon Place), Are Women Human? by Nanna Mwaluko (Fresh Fruit Festival), Okay by Taylor Mac (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Vengeance Can Wait by Yukiko Motoya (PS122), The Strangest (HERE) and Again and Against by Betty Shamieh (The Lark), The Past Is Not a Foreign Country (Very) Personal Maps of Seattle by Mallery Avidon (Soho Rep), The Wasps and Tecmessa by Ken Urban (Target Margin), Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist by Thomas Bradshaw (Brick Theater, 4 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations), Devil Land by Desi Moreno-Penson (Summer Play Festival/Cherry Lane Theatre), Crowns by Regina Taylor (Virginia Stage Company).

His credits as assistant director include Talk Radio directed by Robert Falls and starring Liev Schreiber; Regrets Only directed by Christopher Ashley; Come Back Little Sheba directed by Michael Pressman.

Zayas directed Family Style by Will Goldberg and readings of short plays by first year MFA playwrights Mary Clohan and Jake Mariani during the 2015 Playwrights Festival.

2014–2015 Directors

Erik Pearson
Pearson is a Brooklyn based director and projection designer. Recent projects include Spike Lee’s Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on Broadway/HBO, Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats at American Conservatory Theater, John Glover’s new opera Lucy for Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and Hamlet for Allentown Shakespeare In The Park. Other New York credits include Playwrights Realm/Cherry Lane Theater, SoHo Playhouse, Intar, HERE, TerraNOVA, New Dramatists, Lark, and Studio NYC. International and regional credits include The Holland International Dance Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Two River Theater, Carolina Ballet, El Paso Opera, Ballet Met, The Magic, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, BRAVA!, Marin Theater Company, The Playwrights Center, and Nantucket Theatre Workshop. Pearson has served on the teaching faculty at the University of California at Santa Cruz, as a guest lecturer at Yale School of Drama, and as a guest artist at Rutgers University. He currently teaches acting at New York University. Pearson is a member of Wingspace Design Collective and holds an MFA in directing from Yale School of Drama.

Pearson directed Macduff by Will Goldberg during the 2014–15 Playwrights Festival and Love & Mistrust by Mike Duffy during the 2013–14 Playwrights Festival.