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Northwestern School of Communication

Craig D. Kinzer

Associate Professor Emeritus


Craig D. Kinzer

Craig Kinzer has worked as a professional director, and for two years served as artistic director of the CSC Repertory, an Off-Broadway resident company. In New York, he produced more than twenty plays and staged productions of Ibsen's Brand, The Underpants, Frankenstein, and Sophocles' Ajax. In Chicago he worked with the EconoArt Theatre company as an actor, director, and artistic advisor, and has staged productions of The Underpants and Moliere's Scapin. At Northwestern, he has directed numerous productions including Horvath's Tales from the Vienna Woods, Brecht's A Man's a Man, Peter Barnes' Red Noses, Stoppard's The Real Thing, Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Alexander Ostrovsky's The Forest, Blithe Spirit, and the English language premiere of Stanislawa Przybyszewska's The Danton Case. In 1997, he directed the American premiere of Helene Cixous' The Perjured City, or the Furies Awakening, in collaboration with the author. He has written and lectured widely on directing, theatre pedagogy, and particularly the works of Bertold Brecht. Kinzer has been published in Communications, The Brecht Yearbook, and Theatre Journal.


  • MFA Directing, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU
  • BS Communication, Northwestern University


  • 140-1 Theatre in Context
  • 340-1,2 Stage Directing
  • 362-2 Modern Drama: Drama, Performance and Nationalism
  • 374-0 Text Analysis for Theatrical Production
  • 502-0 Dramatic Theory: Theories of Directing
  • 351-0 Staging Contemporary Drama
  • 441-0 Studies in Modern Theatre: 20th Century Stage Production
  • 448-0 Studies in American Theatre and Drama