Ed Herendeen founded the Contemporary American Theater Festival in 1991. CATF directing: 1001; The Pursuit of Happiness; My Name is Rachel Corrie; The God of Hell; Sonia Flew; Rounding Third; Homeland Security; Bright Ideas; The Late Henry Moss; Thief River, and world premieres of Whores by Lee Blessing; Miss Golden Dreams: A Play Cycle and Bad Girls by Joyce Carol Oates; Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffery Hatcher (2000 American Theatre Critics Citation for Best New American Play); Carry the Tiger to the Mountain by Cherylene Lee; Octopus by Jon Klein; What Are Tuesdays Like? by Victor Bumbalo; and Still Waters and Psyche Was Here by Lynn Martin. Mr. Herendeen has also worked at such regional theaters as The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, The Lyceum Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 1999, Governor Cecil H. Underwood presented CATF with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In the fall of 2001, Mr. Herendeen was appointed to the 2001/2002 New Dramatists Admissions Committee. In the fall of 2005, he was honored with the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater from Ohio University.