Past Artist
Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Terrence O’Brien

BAC Space Resident Artist

Theater director Terrence O’Brien will combine documentary and fantasy in Investigating Sex, a dramatic adaptation of manuscripts from 12 conversations about sex held by the Paris Surrealists between 1928 and 1932. In this adaptation, these conversations are instigated by, observed by, and interfered with by three supernatural females from Greek mythology: Artemis, Pandora, and Thaleia.


Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Altman Foundation, Anonymous, James H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, and Dance/ NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Ford Foundation provides leadership support for international residencies.

Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

Terrence O'Brien
Artist Bio

Terrence O'Brien

Terrence O’Brien is the Founding Artistic Director of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and was that company’s artistic leader for 27 years. He directed more than 30 of HVSF’s productions, including most of the plays of Shakespeare and his own adaptations of A Christmas Carol and An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe.

He grew HVSF into a nationally recognized theatre festival and his directing work garnered significant critical acclaim in major press including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He developed and evolved HVSF’s signature performance style, and he remains deeply dedicated to the idea that Shakespeare’s plays can be made accessible without sacrificing any of their depth and integrity. O’Brien developed his one-man theatre project, Popular Mechanics, in residence at BAC, and performed it at Bedlam in NYC, at Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY, and at University of North Georgia in Gainesville. He directed Pimm’s Mission at 59E59 for Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. In 2017, O’Brien directed a cast of 26 prisoners in his own adaptation of On The Waterfront at Sing Sing Correctional Facility under the auspices of Rehabilitation Through The Arts. He directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Stratford Arts Commission in Stratford, CT; Streamers for the Los Angeles Performers Theater; The Caretaker at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Studio in San Francisco; and the premieres of The Dolly and Hostel Witness at the 29th Street Project in NYC. He has taught acting and directed student work at ACT, UC Berkeley and The Julliard School. O’Brien is the director of the New World Shakespeare Lab in NYC, a group that seeks to evolve a more spontaneous style of acting Shakespeare. He and his wife, Jane Praeger, live in Manhattan with their daughter, Jenne, and son, Leo.

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