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Carl Forsman

Carl Forsman, Dean (2012)
Carl Forsman was appointed Dean of Drama at UNCSA in 2012. He was the founding Artistic Director of Keen Company in New York City, a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ‘sincerity’ – a home for plays which are optimistic and champion the best in humanity. In twelve years, Keen Company produced 28 plays off- and off-off Broadway. Keen Company was awarded a Special Drama Desk Award in 2005 “for moving and enlightening audiences with plays that build upon our theatrical heritage,” as well as eight Drama Desk nominations and a special Obie in 2008.

As a director, Forsman was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director for Keen’s production of The Voice of the Turtle. His production of Michael Murphy’s Sin (A Cardinal Deposed) was honored with an Obie Award for Outstanding Production. He directed plays at Keen Company by Thornton Wilder, Tina Howe, Somerset Maugham, SN Behrman, Conor McPherson, PG Wodehouse, and many others. As a free-lance director, he has worked at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New World Stages, Primary Stages, Asolo Rep, the Court Theatre of L.A., The Garter Lane Theatre of Ireland, Long Wharf Theatre, and FringeNYC. He has directed some of America’s foremost actors, including Kathleen Chalfant, Rebecca Luker, Jonathan Hogan, Lisa Emery, DB Woodside, Jack Gilpin, Jan Maxwell and Thomas Jay Ryan. Three actors under his direction have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards: John Cullum (The Conscientious Objector), Sarah Nina Hayon (rearviewmirror), and Brian D’Arcy James (The Good Thief, also Obie Award for performance). From 2006-09, Forsman served as Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, a summer professional theatre in southern Vermont. From 1998-2000, he was the literary manager for the Blue Light Theatre Company in New York.

Forsman is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Drama League Director’s Project, the Advisory Board for the Red Bull Theatre Company in New York, and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

He graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a B.A. in Theater and Economics, and from the University of Minnesota with an M.F.A. in Directing. He has taught and/or directed at Middlebury College, the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Florida State’s ASOLO Actor Training Program, Primary Stages Einhorn School for Theater in New York, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.