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Lawrence Kornfeld

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts (Acting)

Lawrence Kornfeld is an American theatre director and educator. He has 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

Education

  • BA, Adelphi University
  • Graduate study, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Awards

  • Obie Award for Distinguished Direction, 1964 (What Happened)
  • Obie Award for Distinguished Direction, 1971 (Dracula Sabbat)
  • Obie Award for Distinguished Direction, 1974 (Listen to Me)