Brustein, Robert

Brustein, Robert (Sanford)

(1927–  ) critic, theater director; born in New York City. A wool merchant's son, educated at Amherst College and Columbia University, he gained his first reputation as a drama critic, primarily for The New Republic (1959–68). Appointed dean of the Yale Drama School in 1965, he founded the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1966 and helped it gain a national reputation as a semiprofessional company. In 1979 he was released by Yale but he was immediately hired by Harvard as a professor of English and was asked to found a resident professional training company, known as the American Repertory Theatre; he supervised some 200 productions. In addition to his edition of the works of August Strindberg, he published several books on theater and society, including Who Needs Theatre (1968) and Reimagining American Theatre (1991).
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References in periodicals archive ?
Brustein, Robert. The Theatre of Revolt: An Approach to the Modern Drama.
Brustein, Robert "Still Searching for Theater " New Republic 3 August 1998: 29-30.
Brustein, Robert. The Siege of the Arts: Collected Writings 1994-2001.
Brustein, Robert. "Robert Brustein on Theater: A Tribute to Robert Penn Warren." New Republic, May 25, 1987, pp.
Brustein, Robert. "The Lesson of The Piano Lesson." New Republic 21 May 1990: 28-30.
Brustein, Robert. "Subsidized Separatism." New Republic 19-26 Aug.