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Henry Wishcamper

Henry Wishcamper is a member of the Goodman’s Artistic Collective. His Goodman Theatre directing credits include The Little Foxes, the world premiere of Ask Aunt Susan, his own adaptation of Animal Crackers (Jeff Award nomination), A Christmas Carol (2013 and 2014 productions), Other Desert Cities and Talking Pictures. Other Chicago directing credits include The Dance of Death (Jeff nomination) at Writers Theatre and The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

His New York directing credits include Spirit Control at Manhattan Theatre Club; Graceland at LCT3; Port Authority at Atlantic Theater Company; Elvis People at New World Stages; The Polish Play at Katharsis Theater Company and Pullman Car Hiawatha at Keen Company (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play). Regional theater and other directing credits include Animal Crackers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Birds at the Guthrie Theater; Engaging Shaw and The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe and The Seafarer and Speech & Debate at TheaterWorks. He has served as the assistant director of the Broadway productions of August: Osage County and Shining City.

His adaptation of Animal Crackers has been produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Lyric Stage Company. Mr. Wishcamper was the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company in New York and the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute (MSDI) in Portland, Maine. At MSDI, he founded Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park, a free Shakespeare festival in Portland's primary public park featuring students from MSDI's education program.

Mr. Wishcamper is a Drama League directing fellow and a graduate of Yale University.



"I would highly recommend this class to everyone! Henry (Henry Wishcamper, Instructor- Master Scene Study with Henry Wishcamper) breaks down scenes and the audition process in a fun, down to earth, and direct fashion. Everyone in my class had a wonderful time and Henry picks great, new (some not even yet produced) material. The 6 weeks flew by!"

— Henry Wishcamper Scene Study Student


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