Damon Kiely is a professional director and writer, as well as a full-time professor of directing and acting for The Theatre School at DePaul University. He previously directed Gore Vidal’s WEEKEND at TimeLine, and also has directed for Next Theatre, A Red Orchid, American Blues Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Route 66. His world premiere adaptation of THIEVES LIKE US was produced by The House Theatre of Chicago and The Theatre School. He served as the Artistic Director of American Theater Company from 2002 to 2007, where he directed OKLAHOMA! (six Jeff Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical and Direction of a Musical), THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, STRICTLY DISHONORABLE, and THE HAIRY APE. Other recent directing credits include THERE’S A BOY IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, MEDEA, HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES, and his own adaptation of NANCY DREW AND THE SIGN OF THE TWISTED CANDLES (all at the Theatre School). Prior to moving back to Chicago, he taught, produced, and directed in New York City at the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Ontological Theater, Adobe Theater Company, PS122, Ensemble Studio Theater and New Dramatists. Damon also served as the Artistic Director for Real Time Theater and was a Producing Director at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater as well as the Associate Artistic Director for the Children’s Theater of Maine. He is a winner of the 2000-02 NEA/TCG Career Directing Program, the 2000 Drama League Fall Directing Program, and the 1997 Princess Grace Award.