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Marshall MasonMarshall Mason

Mr. Mason was the founding artistic director of the legendary Circle Repertory Company, acclaimed by the as "the chief provider of new American plays." His 40-year collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson was certified by as the longest collaboration between a writer and director in the history of the American theater. Mason directed twelve plays on Broadway that earned him five Tony nominations for Best Director. Four productions received Tony Awards, and there were 24 nominations. Off-Broadway, Mason has been honored with five OBIE Awards for Outstanding Director as well as a sixth OBIE for Sustained Achievement. He has been honored with the Theater World Award for his discovery and nourishment of new talent such as William Hurt, Kathy Bates, Christopher Reeve, Jeff Daniels and many others. He received the Margo Jones Award for his cultivation of new writers and both the Inge Festival Award and the Last Frontier Award for lifetime achievement. He has won the Irwin Piscator Award, three DramaLogue Awards and four AriZoni Awards. In 1999, he was awarded a special millennium "Mr. Abbott" Award as one of the most innovative and influential directors of the 20th century. Mason is the author of Creating A Life on Stage: A Director´s Approach to Working with Actors (Heinemann Press, 2006). Professor Emeritus of Arizona State University.