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 Goals – The New York Times, Sept. 4, 1983