Stuart Howard received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the famed theatre school at Carnegie Mellon University. He has a Master of Arts degree from Purdue University where, in 2005, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts. He also studied Classical Theatre at La Sorbonne in Paris, France.
He taught at The Juilliard School for ten years and gave Master Classes and lectured at S.U.N.Y. Purchase, the Stella Adler Academy of Acting, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University, NYU’s CAP21, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Stuart, Janet Hayes Walker and John Newton founded The York Theatre Company in New York City. He first met Ms. Walker and Mr. Newton at the Purdue Professional Theatre Company where he directed them in William Inge’s Bus Stop. Stuart directed at The York Theatre for many seasons and is most proud of his productions of Harold Pinter’s Landscape and Silence and Arthur Laurents’The Time of the Cuckoo starring Michael Learned.
In Winter-Spring 2009, Stuart directed the New York premiere of D.H. Lawrence’s The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd for the Mint Theatre, off-Broadway in New York City. He also directed Charles Durning in On Golden Pond in California and this production won a Drama-Logue Award.
Other favorite shows he directed across the USA and Canada include Anthony Newley’s Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, George Bernard Shaw’s Candida and Lanford Wilson’s This is the Rill Speaking.
Stuart has had his own casting company, Stuart Howard Associates, since 1980. They have cast scores of productions for Broadway, off Broadway, National Tours and London’s West End. Recently, they cast the Broadway revival and National tour of West Side Story, Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning August: Osage County, and the original production of La Cage Aux Folles. He is currently involved in the casting of the world premiere of The Heir Apparent by David Ives, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, The Maids by Jean Genet and two new musicals based on the life of Josephine Baker.