“Little pieces of colored tissue paper, thrown in the air at the beginning, became leaves and props,” Woolf said. “There was something in the poetry of that, and the magic of that, that I thought was sort of fabulous.”
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The Rep was founded in 1966. For 33 years, from 1986 to 2019, Woolf was responsible for programming more than 300 Rep shows. Those that he directed ranged from classic plays such as “Death of a Salesman” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to modern works including “The Humans” and “The Pillowman.”
Steven Woolf of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis accepts the award for outstanding production of a comedy for “The Comedy of Errors” at the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards in 2013 at the James J. Eagan Civic Center in Florissant.
Woolf, Bernstein said, “thought long and hard about every play, and how the St. Louis audience was going to respond to it.”
A Milwaukee native, Steven Woolf was born Dec. 23, 1945. He earned a B.A. in theater and an M.A. in directing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
In the 2019 Post-Dispatch interview, Woolf recalled that he had held several positions with the Rep before officially becoming artistic director in 1986. At that point the theater “was in tough shape,” he said. “It wasn’t connecting with the community, it wasn’t connecting with audiences.
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