John Langs Named ACT’s Associate Artistic Director

John Langs directing cast of Antony and Cleopatra
John Langs in rehearsal for “Antony and Cleopatra”

Congratulations to director John Langs who has been named Associate Artistic Director at ACT Theatre. Langs is currently staging Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of Antony and CleopatraThe newly created position will support ACT’s Artistic Director Kurt Beattie in the planning and execution of their artistic programming.

Langs and Beattie first worked together on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2004 production of King Lear where Beattie appeared in the title role.  Nearly every other year since then Langs has returned to Seattle Shakespeare Company to stage a production including Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and Romeo and Juliet. Langs’ production of Antony and Cleopatra opens on Friday, November 2.  He will then return to the city to stage ACT’s annual production of A Christmas Carol.  His full-time duties at ACT begin in January 2013.

Read the Seattle Times article on the announcement.


  1. Kirtan Coan says

    This is a howl of joy for John Langs’ new position. I have taught for 15 years in the School of Drama at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was a counselor there before going into private practice. Have had the great pleasure of seeing all of John’s productions here and have been so happy to see how he not only relates to Shakespeare but also how he leads his actors into a deep connection with their characters. You have chosen so well and I congratulate you and John with a huge smile. Kirtan Coan