Doug Finlayson | Webster University

Doug Finlayson

Photo of Doug Finlayson.Head, Directing program; BA, Baldwin Wallace College, 1979; MFA, Purdue University, 1982. At Webster since 1998.

Doug has been the Head of Directing at Webster University since 1998. His recent work includes Company at Insight Theatre Company, Eleemosynary at Mustardseed Theatre Company, and Time Stands Still at New Jewish Theatre. Other work at NJT includes The Sunshine Boys, The Whipping Man, Lost in Yonkers, and Way to Heaven. He was nominated for the 2011 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Play for his production of Equus at HotCity. He won the 2008 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Play for Kindertransport which he directed at the New Jewish Theatre. Other recent work includes Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Maple and Vine at HotCity Theatre, A Gnome for Christmas at Imaginary Theatre Company, and Romeo and Juliet at Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Other directing projects include True West at HotCity Theatre Company, Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth (with Jef Awada) at St. Louis Shakepeare, Leaving Iowa and How the Other Half Loves at Northern Fort Theatre in Aberdeen, S.D., Aca Y Alla and Tales of the Lost Formicans, with Jane Lynch, at the Evidence Room in Los Angeles, Jeeves IntervenesAct a Lady and Resident Alien at Nebraska Repertory, The Philadelphia Story and Inspecting Carol at the Black Hills Playhouse, Art at the Ozark Actor's Theatre, The Bremen Town Musicians for The Imaginary Theatre Company, Death of a Salesman at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and Pericles, Hamlet and The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Doug has directed around the country for Court Theatre, Chico Calif., Evidence Room, Los Angles, Calif., Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, Colo., Belfry Theatre, Lake Geneva, Wis., New American Theatre, Rockford Ill., and Madison Rep, Madison Wis. Doug started his career in Chicago where his credits include The Ice-Fishing Play and Between East and West for the Next Theatre Company, Pastel Refugees and The Butter and Egg Man at Northlight Theatre, Body of Water at Chicago Dramatists, Female Transport at The Immediate Theatre Company, and Execution of Justice and Nebraska at Bailiwick Repertory.

From 1983–88, he served as Associate Artistic Director to Robert Falls and Richard E.T. White at Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, where he directed Painting Churches, The Immigrant, 'Night Mother, Hunting Cockroaches and Circe & Bravo.

Doug received the 2018 William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University.

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