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Frank Galati, Tony Award-winning director and writer, actor and Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University
Frank Galati (PhD Northwestern) is Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern, Associate Director of the Goodman Theatre and ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Professor Galati's teaching and creative interests are in the area of presentational aesthetics, with special interests in modern literature. He is a professional actor, director, screen-writer, and playwright. He has earned national and international acclaim for his work as adaptor and director of The Grapes of Wrath, which won him two Tony Awards in 1989, one for Best Direction of a Play and the other for Best Play. He also won the prestigious Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. In 1989, he was nominated by both the British Academy Awards and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the category of best adapted screenplay for The Accidental Tourist. He has received numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards for outstanding achievement in theatre (Equity Theatres, Chicago), including awards for Best Actor in a Principal Role: Travesties, Wisdom Bridge Theatre; for Best New Work: Boss, Forum Theatre, She Always Said, Pablo, Goodman Theatre, and The Grapes of Wrath, Steppenwolf Theatre Company; and for Best Direction: The Grapes of Wrath, Passion Play, She Always Said, Pablo, The Good Person of Setzuan, all at the Goodman Theatre, and You Can't Take it With You, Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Additional plays at the Goodman include The Government Inspector, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Cry, The Beloved Country. Professor Galati has staged many operas for Chicago Opera Theatre, including The Mother of Us All, Merry Wives of Windsor, Summer and Smoke, Albert Herring, The Good Soldier Schweik, Postcard from Morocco and Four Saints in Three Acts. He also has staged for the Lyric Opera of Chicago The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, Pelleas and Melisande, La Traviata and Tosca. Further directorial credits include The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, Gertrude Stein's Each One As She May at the Goodman Studio, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying at the Steppenwolf Theatre, and Everyman at the Steppenwolf Theatre. He directed the critically acclaimed production of Ragtime, which has played in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

Professor Galati has won prestigious awards for his creative achievements from the Speech Communication Association (SCA), and from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Professor Galati received the Lilla A. Heston Award, presented by the SCA, in 1972, and the Phi Beta Kappa distinguished service award in 1991. In 1977, he co-authored the 5th edition of the textbook Oral Interpretation with Charlotte I. Lee, an emerita professor of Interpretation. In 2000 he was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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