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Robert Brustein

Theatrical Critic, Producer, Playwright, and Educator


Robert Brustein is an American theatrical critic, producer, playwright, and educator. As founder of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre and Institute and as the theatre critic for The New Republic since 1959, Mr. Brustein has been a leading force in the development of theatre and theatre artists in the United States.

Brustein is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University in Boston.  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, and in 2002 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.