Gideon Lester (Director, 08/09 Season) previously served as the American Repertory Theater's acting artistic director, associate artistic director, and resident dramaturg. His recent translations include Marivaux’s Island of Slaves (directed by Robert Woodruff at the A.R.T. in 2006) and La Dispute, Brecht’s Mother Courage, Büchner’s Woyzeck, and two texts by the French playwright Michel Vinaver, King and Overboard. His play Amerika or the Disappearance, adapted from Franz Kafka’s first novel, was staged at the A.R.T. in 2005, directed by Dominique Serrand. His other adaptations include Wings of Desire (the A.R.T. and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2006), Anne Frank, and Enter the Actress, a one-woman show that he devised for Claire Bloom. Born in London in 1972, Gideon studied English literature at Oxford University. In 1995 he came to the States on a Fulbright grant and Frank Knox Memorial Scholarship to study dramaturgy at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. He teaches dramaturgy at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training and playwriting at Harvard.