James Rutherford is an international stage director and third generation New Yorker, raised in Manhattan but based in Brooklyn. He has worked and studied in New York, Paris, London, Prague, Poland, Providence, and Transylvania. In 2008 he founded the theater company M-34, named after the make and model of the fake mustache he was so often made to wear as an actor (the "M" presumably standing for "mustache"). His work largely comprises adaptations of classic plays and devised movement-theater, characterized by dramatic visual composition and overwhelming emotionality. His approach to theater tends towards the communal, the mystic, the holy, the woo-woo, the utopian, and the ooga-booga. He would love for the terms "Psychological Surrealism" and "Modern Symbolism" to catch on. James has at one time or another been a protégé of Peter Brook, Andrei Serban, and Richard Foreman. BA Brown University; proud son of Anne Bogart's Columbia MFA Directing program. We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.
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