Alan is the Chair of the Theatre Arts Department, the Director of the Division of Performing Arts and professor. He is also immediate past President of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. During the summers from 1986 through 2013 he served as Artistic Director of the Acting Ensemble, an Equity company-in-residence at the Bread Loaf School in Vermont, where he continues to teach. He has served as Associate Director of the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence Rhode Island, and for 10 years was Director of the Program in Theatre and Dance at Princeton University. He has directed major productions for the Cleveland Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, North Light Theatre in Chicago, TheatreWorks in California, the McCarter Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, the Theatre of the Riverside Church in New York, and other companies. He is also a playwright whose works have been performed in New York, California, and elsewhere.
Alan is a recipient of the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, and is a Collegiate Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This year he will deliver the Presidential Lecture at the University of Iowa.
Alan will deliver the University of Iowa Presidential Lecture, Sunday 23 February 2014. Selection as a Presidential Lecturer ranks among the highest honors that the University of Iowa can bestow upon a faculty member. Candidates are nominated by their faculty peers and deans and selected and introduced by the president. They must have attained national and international recognition for distinguished records of research, scholarship, and artistic achievement. They must also excel at public presentation of their work. The university established this annual series in 1984 to encourage intellectual communication among academic disciplines and between the university community and the general public. In the thirty-year history of the event, Alan is the first Presidential Lecturer from Theatre Arts.