John Gould Rubin

John Gould Rubin’s recent directing credits include: “Hedda Gabler” which he staged in an apartment for 25 people per performance, “Little Doc” at Rattlestick, and “In the Daylight” at the McGinn-Cazale. He is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company for which he served as co-Artistic and Executive Director, and with which he directed “Philip Roth in Khartoum” and “Penalties and Interest” (both as part of the Public/LAB); created and directed “Dreaming in Tongues,” and directed the premieres of “STopless,” by David Deblinger; “The Trail of Her Inner Thigh” by Erin Cressida Wilson,” John Patrick Shanley’s musical, “A Winter Party,” and. “Mémoire,” which he directed and co-created with Tomoko Miyagi and Florencia Lozano. Other credits: Julie Marie Myatt’s “My Wandering Boy” at SPF; Edith Freni’s “My Dog Heart,” at EST, Dan Klores’s “Myrtle Beach” in Naked Angels’ Armed and Naked in America festival and Qui Nguyen’s “Bike Wreck” for EST’s Youngbloods, “NAMI“ and “A Matter of Choice” for Partial Comfort, “Little Willy,” at the Ohio and “Trial By Water” for Ma-Yi at The Culture Project, Sue Costello’s one-woman show, “The Evolution of a Sexy Mutha Fukah!!” at The Zipper and in LA at The Triplex. He directed his first film “Almost Home,” for Trigger Street Independent (which appeared in the Berkshire Intl. Film Festival,) and the musical, “The Fartiste,” by book writer Charlie Schulman and composer/lyricist Michael Roberts at The NY Fringe Festival (which won the “Best Musical” Award;) “The Cherry Orchard” at SUNY Purchase and “Hamlet” for the graduating class of Columbia University’s MFA program. He co-created and directed “The Erotica Project” on WBAI radio, at HERE and The NYSF, and “A Taste of Honey” at Playwrights’ Horizons lab theater, “Blood in the Sink” by Josh Ben Friedman at Urban Stages. In 1996 Mr. Rubin wrote and played Ivan Boesky in “The Predators’ Ball,” in collaboration with Karole Armitage and David Salle, which premiered at the Pergola Theatre, in Florence, Italy, and was then the Gala Production for the Next Wave Festival in the Opera House at BAM.

For the LAByrinth Theater Company he produced “Our Lady of 121st Street,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman both at LAByrinth and then produced the show off-Broadway. He also Produced “Dirty Story” written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, at the Harold Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row, and “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” (Guirgis and Hoffman) at LAByrinth, off-Broadway (two Drama Desk nominations), at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival (Fringe First Award), at The Donmar Warehouse in London, and The Arts Theatre on the West End in London. He produced “Macbeth” with Stephen Dillane playing all the roles, directed by Travis Preston at The Almeida Theatre in London (Olivier Nomination, Best Actor, Best Shakespeare Production and Best Solo Performer Nominations, Peoples Choice Awards) and then in Australia at The Sydney Theater (Helpman Award Nomination) and The Adelaide Festival.

As an actor, Mr. Rubin appeared at The Public (SPF) in “Sacrifices,” and earlier in his career at Second Stage in John Patrick Shanley’s play, “Cellini,” on Broadway opposite Glenn Close and Gene Hackman in “Death and The Maiden,” under Mike Nichols’ direction; in the title role of Moliere’s “Don Juan,” at The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. under the direction of Travis Preston, for which he received the DramaLogue Award in Acting; as Jacques in John Tillinger’s production of “As You Like it;” in Martin Crimp’s adaptation of “The Misanthrope,” with Uma Thurman and Roger Rees; as well as in the lead role of Mr. Crimp’s “Play With Repeats,” with Francis McDormand. Mr. Rubin’s Film appearances include the new Spanish film by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Frágil, The Out-of-Towners, Three Men and a Baby and Dead Again. Television appearances include New York News, Good Advice, Law & Order (all versions, many times) and The Story Behind the Story.