Maxwell Friedman – Director

Maxwell is a director, producer, and arts administrator committed to creating Anti-Racist communal spaces that promote radical interconnectivity. 

Maxwell is currently the Manager of Designer Relations at the Public Theater, where he manages the curation and contracting of designers for productions and artistic programs. Central to his work is ensuring that all processes and protocols are Anti-Racist and equitable. Before joining the Public, Maxwell had worked at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, among others.​


Maxwell is also a freelance director whose work has been seen at The New Ohio, The Tank, Columbia University, and Stevens Institute, among others. 

Aside from the theatre, Maxwell loves visual art, politics, music festivals, and traveling. He is the youngest of three siblings and treasures his family (and his dog, Godot) to the upmost degree.​ His upbringing in one of the most diverse counties in the USA, Fort Bend County, ignited his passion for Anti-Racism at a young age.

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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

ArtEquity// Anti-Racist Theatre: A Foundational 6 Hour Course

ArtEquity// Finding the Keys: Antiracist Approaches to Radical Recruitment in the Arts

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