Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Theatre Arts

John Basil

John Basil founded the American Globe Theatre in New York City in 1988, and since then has served as its Producing Artistic Director and regularly teaches its Playing Shakespeare course. John has taught Shakespeare and acting at Rutgers University, C.W. Post Long Island University, Penn State University, Asolo Conservatory, Bradley University, University of Colorado, University of Wyoming, and Columbia Teachers College.

In addition he has taught Shakespeare workshops at the high school level and for the NYC Arts Connection’s outreach program, Children of Hope. He has directed for the American Globe Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Sarasota Opera, in addition to guest artist positions at several universities.

John is the author of Will Power, How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days (Applause, 2006).

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Associate Professor of Theatre Arts


Theatre Arts





B.S., Temple University
M.F.A., Temple University

Recent Work


Director: Henry V by William Shakespeare. American Globe Theatre: Manhattan. March & April 2009.