Tim Vasen headshot

Photo by Denise Applewhite


Tim Vasen has directed plays and taught classes in the Program in Theater since 1993 and became Director in 2012. Production highlights include the world premieres of unproduced Soviet-era Pushkin projects with scores by Prokofiev: Eugene Onegin and Boris Godunov; Le Bourgeois Bigwig — a collaboration with the Princeton Orchestra on James Magruder's new version of the Strauss/Hoffmansthal musical staging of Moliere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme; and new work by Princeton writers including Veronica Siverd's Alice: A New Play and Annika Bennett's Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree. In collaboration with Lewis Center Chair Michael Cadden and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, he created the recurring course "Re: Staging The Greeks" which has been a conduit between Princeton students and Greek theater artists since 2008. He has an ongoing relationship with the Yale School of Drama as an adviser to MFA directing students on their thesis projects, and he has taught or directed at a number of professional training programs, including NYU's Tisch Graduate Acting Program and the Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. He spent a number of years as Resident Director at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, directing new work and classics as well as commissioning and developing new plays and adventurous performance work. Other professional directing credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons, Philadelphia Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory and Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis. He earned a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.


Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree

A gallery from the Program in Theater’s 2015 production, directed by Tim Vasen:


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