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Maxwell Friedman – Director

Max strives to create inclusive, interdisciplinary, visceral theatre that questions the human condition and catalyzes diverse community conversations. 

A Houston, Texas native at heart, Max called the Midwest his home for four years while completing his degree in Directing from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. In the summer of 2017, Max packed his bags and made the big move to NYC to chase his dreams of directing theatre. 

Professionally, Max has worked at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center, The Public Theater, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others.​

Aside from the theatre, Max loves visual art, politics, music festivals, and traveling. He is the youngest of three siblings and treasures his family to the upmost degree.

During the day, Max has the honor of serving as the Assistant to the Production Executives, Ruth Sternberg and Jonathan Pellow, at the Public Theater.


Selected Directing Credits

Off-Top Presents* // by Adi Eshman // Fridays on Ice – New Ohio Theatre

The Drowsy Chaperone // by Martin, McKellar // DeBaun Performing Arts Center

Bigger? Sugar? Figure? // by Adi Eshman // Off-Top – The Tank

Hair // by Rado, Ragni, MacDermot // Westchester Sandbox Theatre

Alien at the Airport* // by Sharece Sellem // Dirty Blondes – Kraine Theatre

Rooftop Trilogy* // by Marlene Fanta Shyer // Gallery Players

NBA Store Boyfriend* // by Catherine Weingarten // Super Short Sit Specific Festival

Rhinoceros // by Eugene Ionesco // Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Things (un)Said* // by Jen Sinnen // Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Honeysuckle Epidemic* // by Jake Kevrick // Envisage Theatre Festival

The Trojan Women // by Ellen Mc Laughlin // Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Generation Z* // conceived by Maxwell Friedman // Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Selected Assistant Directing Credits

Julius Caesar // dir. Joanna Battles // Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Disgraced // dir. Seth Gordon // Repertory Theatre St. Louis

Angel Street // dir. Jenn Thompson // Repertory Theatre St. Louis

King John // dir. Rick Barbour // Great River Shakespeare Festival

The Glass Menagerie // dir. Paul Mason Barnes // Great River Shakespeare Festival 

Stage Door // dir. Alec Wild // Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Big Love // dir. Jef Awada // Havana Theatre Festival


BA Directing

Conservatory of Theatre Arts

at Webster University


Magna Cum Laude // Departmental Honors // Semester Abroad - Vienna, Austria

Training and Affiliations

Manhattan Theatre Club // (NYC) // Directing Fellow

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society // (NYC) // SDC Observer

Frantic Assembly, The Drama League // (NYC) // Devising Intensive

Teatro Buendia // (CUBA) // Adaptation Intensive


Manhattan Theatre Club // (NYC) // Artistic Intern // Steve Kaus, Nicki Hunter

Encores! Off-Center // (NYC) // Artistic Intern // Michael Friedman

Director's Lab Chicago // (CHI) // Lab Intern and Participant // Billy Bullion

Shakespeare in the Park // (STL) // General Production Intern // Julie Ann Arbiter

Great River Shakespeare Festival // (MN) // Directing Intern // Paul Mason Barnes

Related Experience 

Public Theatre // (NYC) 2018-present // Assistant to the Production Executive // Ruth Sternberg

Public Theatre Mobile Unit // (NYC) YEAR // Tour Assistant // Henry V

BRIEFS LGBT Play Festival // (NYC) YEAR // Playwright // The Grind

Repertory Theatre St. Louis // (STL) YEAR // Dramaturg // Disgraced