The People Who Make It Happen...

As we approach the 2014 Season, the hiring of 50 company members is underway. We'll give you some insights on them as they begin their work.  In the meantime, meet our two permanent staff members.

Producing Artistic Director - Christopher Owens

Professor Owens first came to the festival and to William & Mary in 2004, and has staged its productions of The Tempest, Macbeth, Love's Labours Lost, The Complete History of America Abridged, Hamlet, Art, The Winter's Tale, and The Merchant of Venice. Prior to heading VSF he was director of professional theatre companies in Dallas (Plaza Theatre, New Arts Theatre) and northwest Virginia (Wayside Theatre) for 18 years.  He is the recipient of the 2013 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary and has directed over 150 professional stage productions from coast to coast.  He received his theatrical training at SMU in Dallas and at The Juilliard School in New York under the direction of John Houseman.  This last season he was on research leave from the college and the festival, directing productions of Serious Money, Crimes of The Heart, Red, and Conversations With A Despicable Character at various theatres from Houston to Richmond to Atlanta.  This year he stages our production of Julius Caesar.