Lear deBessonet is the founder and artistic director of Stillpoint Productions. Her many New York directing/devising credits include Lucy Thurber’s Monstrosity (13P), Brecht’s Saint Joan of the Stockyards (PS122), transFigures (a site-specific work at Calvary Church in 2003, produced Off-Broadway by Women’s Project in 2007), Bone Portraits (Walkerspace), Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (a site-specific work performed at an abandoned bank next to the NY Stock Exchange), Flying on the Wing (NY Fringe, Outstanding Solo Show), The Eliots (Center Stage), The Female Terrorist Project (HERE Arts Center). Regional: When I Was a Ghost (Guthrie Dowling Studio), A Year with Frog and Toad (Dorset Theatre Festival), Equus (Hangar Theatre), Naomi Iizuka’s adaptation of The Scarlet Letter (Intiman). For NYU: Fefu and Her Friends, L’Histoire du Canard, Bite Your Tongue. Internationally, Lear directed In the Dark Ages, a new tri-lingual musical for the National Opera Theatre of Kazakhstan. Lear directed On the Levee, produced by Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3. She has assisted Martha Clarke, Anne Bogart, and Marianne Weems, and has trained with DAH Theater of Yugoslavia. She is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women’s Project Directors Lab, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a Jefferson Scholar. Lear is the recipient of the LMCC’s Presidential Award for Artistic Excellence and was featured in Time Out New York’s “25 People to Watch 2006.”
Lear deBessonet conceived and directed On the Levee, a Yale Rep commission.