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Rob Urbinati was a Theatre Consultant for Home Box Office in New York City, and has directed over fifty plays at theatres, colleges and universities across the country. Mr. Urbinati’s first play as a writer, Hazelwood Jr. High, was directed by Scott Elliott for the New Group. A scene from the play is published in Smith & Kraus’s Best Stage Scenes 2000, and the play is published by Samuel French. Mr. Urbinati curated Lunatics & Lovers: A Strindberg Salon for the Culture Project, and his adaptation of Miss Julie in Hollywood, which was part of that event, transferred to the 78th Street Theatre Lab. His adaptation of Mary McCarthy’s short story, Cruel & Barbarous Treatment, premiered at the Culture Project, and transferred to Israel Horowitz’ Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts. Mr. Urbinati’s play, Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack, and his musical, Shangri La, based on the sixties girl-group, both premiered at Queens Theatre. Rebel Voices, his adaptation of Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s "Voices of a People’s History of the United States" premiered at the Culture Project. West Moon Street, based on a novella by Oscar Wilde, was part of The Acting Company’s Salon Series, and has been produced by the Prospect Theatre Company in New York, and at theatres across the United States, England, Canada and Australia. It is published by Samuel French, as is Death by Design, which was commissioned by Houston Family Arts Center, where it premiered in 2011. His adaptation of Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant premiered Off-Broadway in July 2012. His most recent play, UMW, was commissioned by Linfield College in Oregon, where it opened in March 2013. In New York City, Mr. Urbinati has directed for the Public Theatre, Culture Project, Abingdon Theatre, York Theatre, New York University, Classic Stage Company, HERE, Cherry Lane Theatre, Pearl Theatre and the New York Music Theatre Festival. Mr. Urbinati has enjoyed a continuing association with the Drama League since receiving a Fellowship from that organization in 1995. He is Literary Manager of The Private Theatre in New York City, and Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre, where he curates the Immigrant Voices Project. Rob is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
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