Main content

Lawrence Kornfeld

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts (Acting)

May 21, 1930- August 14, 2023

Lawrence Kornfeld was an American theatre director and educator. He directed more than 140 Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional productions and received numerous awards, including three Obies, two Show Business awards, and an NET award.

Kornfeld was general manager and assistant director of The Living Theatre (1957–61); co-founder and co-artistic director of the Judson Poet‘s Theater (1961–78); artistic director and co-founder of Theater for the New City (1970–72); and director of the theatre program at the New York State Council on the Arts (1974–76).

Kornfeld first came to Purchase College as a visiting director and lecturer in 1980 and staged five works over a two-year period. In 1982, he became professor of directing at the Yale School of Drama, a position he held until 1983, when he was appointed dean of theatre arts and film (1983–86) and professor of theatre arts at Purchase College.

Drama Dean at Purchase Defines GoalsThe New York Times, Sept. 4, 1983