Steve Cosson
Joined 2014-10-29 19:46:28

Steve Cosson is the founding Artistic Director of the Civilians. He is a writer and freelance director, directing new plays, musicals and classics. Recent credits include "The Belle of Amherst" starring Joely Richardson, the Civilians' "The Great Immensity" at the Public Theater, and Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns" at Playwrights Horizons. Steve won an Obie in 2004 for the work of the Civilians. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, a MacDowell Fellow, Resident Director at New Dramatists, and he has twice participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab. His plays have been published by Oberon Books in the UK, Dramatists Play Service, and Playscripts Inc. in an anthology. He holds an MFA in directing from UC San Diego and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Steve Cosson's articles

Surviving the Apocalypse with “The Simpsons”

Vanity Fair Columnist Richard Lawson and "Mr. Burns" creators Steve Cosson and Anne Washburn discuss the cartoon that has influenced American humor and political ideology since the late 80s.

“The Undertaking” Outtakes: Undertaking LA

Leading up to the Civilians' production of "The Undertaking" premiering September 21-25 at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, we're featuring some great interviews that didn't make it into the play. The Civilians' artistic director Steve Cosson interviewed Amber Carvaly as part of the research for "The Undertaking."

Eileen Myles Talks the 70’s, Patti Smith, and “Poetry Voice”

"The longer I've done public readings, the more I've understood that you have to take that space, and not worry about the audience getting uncomfortable." — Eileen Myles

Lucas Hnath Brings “The Christians” from the Church to the Stage

"I was noticing that, especially within the theater, a good bit of the material that discussed religion — specifically Christianity — did so satirically. Any time I notice a gap — something that's not being talked about or said or noticed — then I want to rush in and make something for that barren space."

Can Theater Save the Planet?

Steve Cosson and Cynthia Hopkins discuss their different theatrical journeys through the Arctic to address the global climate change crisis.