Robert Falls


The American director, who remounted his Don Giovanni in 2018 in Dallas, has been artistic director of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre since 1986. This season at the Goodman he directs Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney. His Goodman productions last season included An Enemy of the People, for which he wrote the adaptation, Pamplona starring Stacy Keach; and David Cale’s musical|memoir We’re Only Alive for Short Amount of Time (Public Theater, New York). Recent productions elsewhere include The Iceman Cometh (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale (Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles), and Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian (Geffen Theatre, Los Angeles). Other credits range from Shakespeare, Chekhov, and O’Neill to Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Broadway|international). Honors for directing include, among others, Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, and Helen Hayes awards, plus multiple Jeff Awards. Falls holds the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), and in 20015 was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

Previously at Lyric: Four operas since 1993|94, most recently Don Giovanni (2019|20) & (2014|15); Susannah (2002|03, 1993|94).

Last updated: November 14, 2019