Lear deBassonet 2017-02-23T22:25:05+00:00

Lear deBessonet is the director of Public Works at The Public Theater. She directed Good Person of Szechwan for The Foundry Theatre and The Public Theater (Obie Award, Lilly Award, Drama Desk nomination, Lortel nomination), and has directed Public Works’ productions of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale at the Delacorte (each featuring over 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs). Her previous large-scale projects include an original musical adaptation of The Odyssey at the Old Globe in 2011 (featuring professional artists alongside 181 San Diegans) and Quixote, a collaboration with homeless shelter Broad Street Ministry and the punk gypsy band Psalters in Philadelphia in 2009. Other directing credits include Sherie Rene Scott’s Piece of Meat at 54 Below, On the Levee for Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 (Time Out Best of 2010), a country/bluegrass version of Saint Joan of the Stockyards with Kelley McRae (PS122), Toshi Reagon and The Big Lovely’s Lines (NEA commission, Joe’s Pub), Takarazuka (Clubbed Thumb), Monstrosity (13P), The Scarlet Letter with fiddler Todd Reynolds (Intiman Theatre), transFigures (Women’s Project), In the Dark Ages (National Opera Theatre of Kazakhstan) and When I Was a Ghost (Guthrie Theater). For Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis, she directed productions of My Fair Lady, As You Like It and The Music Man that toured to prisons, community centers and homeless shelters. She created and ran the Tickets for the People program in New York, an initiative to distribute tickets to non-traditional theatergoers including immigrants, students and seniors. She has been honored as one of Crain’s “40 under 40” and Time Out New York’s “25 People to Watch,” and she was honored with LMCC’s Presidential Award for Artistic Excellence. A recipient of an NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, she has also served as a visiting professor at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts.