skidmore theater faculty

John Michael DiResta

Artist-in-Residence – Directing

M.F.A, Northwestern University
B.A., Columbia University

Courses taught:

  • Intermediate Directing
  • Workshop Directors
  • American Theater in the 21st Century


John Michael DiResta is a theater director, educator, and occasional producer and writer. His work as a director focuses on new work development, site-responsive theater, community engagement, and queer theater. He is particularly interested in the intersection between new work development and theater for social change, and highlights in his work the importance of repositioning audience experience in new plays. Recent credits include From Pilgrim Landing (Columbia Stages), Lafayette (Florence Gould Hall), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Yale), Oedipus and Hare and Tortoise (The Hangar Theatre), Body of Words (Theatre for the New City), The Memory Tax (Araca Project), Favorites and Scenes from the Middle Voice (Rising Phoenix Rep), Back to Society (Abrons Arts Center/MCC), The Drunken City (Steppenwolf Theater), Yellowface, Lyle The Crocodile, The Romeo and Juliet Project, The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart (Northwestern University). John was a 2014 Drama League Directing Fellow, a 2015 Young Playwrights Award Juror, a 2015 and 2016 Drama League Fellowship Juror, a nominator for the 2016 Drama League Awards, and served on the selection Committee for the 2015 and 2016 B-Sides New American Musical Award. John has developed new works with New Dramatists, The Atlantic Theater Company, The Dramatists Guild, The Drama League, Rising Phoenix Rep, MCC Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, B-Sides Productions, Where Eagles Dare Theater, The American Music Theater Project, and Master Clash. John’s MFA thesis, Staging Gay Shame, analyzed the contemporary process of staging plays written by gay men before the opening of the closet. John has long been a champion of new work from urban teenagers, and served as the producer of the MCC Theater Youth Company from 2007-2010. He proudly hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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