AUSTIN REGAN is a New York based stage director. Recent work includes a new production of Rigoletto at Minnesota Opera, which the Minneapolis Star Tribune lauded as "a scorching take on politics, patriarchy, and power"; the world premiere of Discount Ghost Stories at Local Theater in Boulder CO ("Hauntingly beautiful," Boulder Daily Camera), which won the True West award for excellence in immersive theater; Don Giovanni at FM Opera ("Great skill and vision . . . superb," Fargo Forum); the world premiere of Alexandra Silber's The Trojan Women (The Hangar Theatre); Mad Libs Live!, a new interactive musical for young audiences Off-Broadway at New World Stages; Left and Right (National Sawdust); Loose, Wet, Perforated (Guerilla Opera); Three Decembers (FM Opera); The Blind (The Flea Theater); Red Riding Hood (The Hangar Theatre); Peter Lerman's The Sacred Harp (Musical Theatre Factory); Spring Awakening (at the Boston Conservatory and at the Krannert Center/UIUC); Well Worn Words (Ars Nova); #MormonInChief (Kraine Theater); Horse Play (Dixon Place); Floyd Collins; and The Who's Tommy.
Austin has directed and developed new work at the PROTOTYPE Festival, National Sawdust, Ars Nova, the Hangar Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Pioneer Works, Joe's Pub, 54 Below, New York University, the Boston Conservatory, and the United Nations. Their work as an Associate Director, mostly with Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer, includes Broadway musicals (A Beautiful Noise, Head Over Heels, American Idiot, Everyday Rapture, On A Clear Day…) and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the Drama Desk Award-winning Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Austin is a Drama League Directors Project Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory, and a former Resident Director (2013-2015) at the Flea Theater. He is the director of web series This Is Not A Comedy and Such Good Friends: A Tribute to Nichols and May, and of video projects for PROTOTYPE Festival (Out of a thought), National Sawdust (Left and Right), and Carnegie Hall (Side By Side).
Austin's work as a teacher and theater educator includes the Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, and the Boston Conservatory. Austin has also taught and directed at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, the University of Texas Arlington, the Hangar Theatre Lab Company, Broadway Collective, the Musical Theatre Factory, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Wright Way Master Class, and with Other Side of the Table, an organization he co-founded in 2010.
Austin's theatrical writing includes The Adventures of Pericles (with Christy Altomare) and Proxy (with Alexander Sage Oyen and Rachel Gabrielle Franco), which received its world premiere at Underscore Theater in Chicago in 2019.