Stanley Waren

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Stanley Waren is an American teacher, academic and theatre researcher, and theatre producer and director.

With Ph.D and MA degrees in Theatre from Columbia University, he is the author of innumerable articles and short publications, and after a stint (1953 to 1970) in the US and abroad as an Academic Administrator in a performing company and executive producer and director in theatre he joined and has long been associated with the theatre department of the City University of New York (CUNY), in various capacities - including founder and director of the Center for Advanced Study of Theatre Arts (now renamed the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center).

He married South African born dancer Sadie Rigal (professionally known as Florence Waren[1], 1917-2011), in 1949. Besides her own career as performer and academic, she also choreographed shows Stanley directed in Africa, Taiwan, and China.

His connection with South Africa

He visited South Africa in 1966 as guest of CAPAB for a season of three plays. He directed Gigi, in the Lerner and Loewe version, with Charlene Faktor (Gigi), Joyce Bradley (Mme. Alvarez), Paddy Canavan (Andree), Norman Coombes (Gaston Lachaille), Michael Mellinger (Victor), Yvonne Bryceland (Alicia) and Gillian Garlick (Sidonie). Choreography by Florence Waren(?*), set and costumes by Michael Clarke. It opened on 14 December in the Hofmeyr Theatre, Cape Town. The two other plays he directed for CAPAB were A Hatful of Rain and The Visit.


CUNY Graduate Center. Faculty Bios - Theatre: Stanley Waren[2]

CAPAB theatre programme for Gigi (undated, probably 1966).

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