Claude Purdy– Director

Claude Purdy is a freelance Director in what has been termed “America’s National Theatre” — the League of Regional Theatres — where he has extensively staged the works of August Wilson. Theatres have included ACT in San Francisco, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the former LATC in Los Angeles, the Alley in Houston, the Cleveland Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, GeVa Theatre in Rochester, N.Y., Arizona Repertory, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and Penumbra Theatre, in Saint Paul. Mr. Purdy also spent 13 years abroad, six of which were at the American Theatre of Paris, where he acted and directed with Philip Glass, Lee Breur and Jo Anne Akalaitis, among others. He spent four years at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria working with both John Pepper Clark and Wole Soyinka, and ten years in residence at Penumbra Theatre in Saint Paul exploring literature of the African American experience.