Ethan McSweeny is co-Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Theatre Company, which he has lead for the last seven years alongside Vivienne Benesch, growing the company in artistry, audiences, and national impact while cultivating its reputation as a training-center for the finest emerging actors in the country. At Chautauqua, he has directed Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, The Just, The Cherry Orchard, All My Sons, Cobb, and the 2008 Amphitheatre production of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, in addition to numerous readings in the NPW series.
In New York, his directing credits include the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony Award nomination), the off-Broadway premiere of John Logan’s Never the Sinner (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), and the world premiers of Kate Fodor’s 100 Saints You Should Know and Jason Grote’s 1001 -- both named among the “Top 10 Plays of 2007” by Entertainment Weekly and TimeOut magazines. He recently directed an acclaimed Dangerous Liaisons for the celebrated Stratford Festival in Canada, and has staged more than 60 productions of new work, classics, musicals, and revivals on preeminent stages around the United States, including the Goodman, the Guthrie, the Old Globe, the Shakespeare Theatre, the Denver Center, the Alley, Centerstage, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Rep, George Street, San Jose, Pittsburgh Public, Westport Playhouse, Wilma, Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, and the National Actors Theatre, among others.
Long involved in the leadership of arts organizations, Mr. McSweeny currently serves as the Treasurer of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national labor union, and received the first-ever undergraduate degree in theatre and dramatic arts from Columbia University.