Philip Himberg has been the Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program for the last 17 years. Under his aegis, since 1997, Sundance has shepherded hundreds of plays by emerging and established American playwrights that have subsequently been produced all over the U.S., on Broadway, off-Broadway and in Regional Theatres, as well as internationally. Many of these plays have won Tony and Obie Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
He initiated the Sundance Institute East Africa Initiative, now in its second decade, which supports theatre makers in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as residency labs in Africa each year. Two new initiatives began in 2013: the Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat at Domaine de l’Armellière, and a burgeoning cultural exchange with Arab playwrights in North Africa and the Middle East.
Philip most recently wrote Paper Dolls, a new play (adapted from the Israeli documentary film) which just had its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, London, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, and published by Bloomsbury/Methuen Press. He co-wrote and directed world premieres of Carry It On, a solo theatrical memoir, with and for singer/actor Maureen McGovern which traveled to four American regional theatres. He directed the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Some Men at the Philadelphia Theatre Company (2006), and William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience at Lincoln Center, as well as the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s Only We Who Guard The Mystery Shall Be Unhappy starring Sally Field. His L.A. production of William Finn’s Elegies was its West Coast premiere. For Sundance, he directed revivals of Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl and a revised version of Jerry Herman’s musical Dear World. In LA, he directed Flora The Red Menace for REPRISE. His first published essay, Family Albums, appears in the Dutton Anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.
Mr. Himberg received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Oberlin. He was co-artistic director of Playwrights Horizons in New York, in the theatre’s most formative years. He is a recipient of the Theatre Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts Artistic Fellowship. He was Staff Producer for the Mark Taper Forum’s Improvisational Theatre Project (I.T.P.), a resident touring ensemble that created and performed new work for young audiences. He is past president of the Board of Trustees of TCG (Theatre Communications Group). He is currently a member of the Tony® Awards Nominating Committee. In addition, Himberg holds a degree as a doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 1985.