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educator , writer , theater producer , theater director

Gene Frankel, American Theater director, author, producer, educator. Recipient Lola D'Annunzio award, 1958; recipient Obie award for Volpone, Village Voice, 1958, Obie award for Machinal Village Voice, 1963,Vernon Rice award for Machinal, Drama Desk-New York Post, 1963; Ford Foundation fellow, 1969-1971. With United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II; Member SAG, Society Choreographers and Dirs., Actors Equity Association.


Frankel, Gene was born on December 23, 1923 in New York City. Son of Barnet and Anna (Talerman) Frankel.


Bachelor, New York University, 1943.


Artistic director, General Frankel Theatre, New York City, since 1963;executive director, General Frankel Theatre, New York City, since 1973;founding director, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1965-1966. Visiting Arena Stage, Washington, 1969-1971. Cultural exchange director unites states department State, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1968-1969.

Director Hartman Theatres, Stamford, Connecticut, 1976-1979. Visiting professor Boston University, 1967-1969, Queens College, New York City, 1969-1971, Columbia University, New York City, 1972-1973. Consultant director National Shakespeare Company.

New York City, since 1966. Director various regional theaters, 1969-1980.


  • Other Work

    • Director: Broadway, 1969 (Burns Mantle 1969, Best Play award), Emperor Jones, European tour, 1970, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1969, Lost in the Stars, Broadway, 1971, The Night That Made American Famous, 1975, Cry of Players, 1967, The Blacks, Off-Broadway, 1961 (Obie award 1963), also European tour, Brecht on Brecht, Off-Broadway, 1965, To Be Young Gifted and Black, Off-Broadway, 1970, Enemy of the People, Off-Broadway, 1969, Indians, On Broadway, 1979, Pueblo, 1981, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, 1985, Talk To Me Like the Rain, 1985, War Play, 1986, The Marriage, 1986, Private Wars, 1987, Sister Aimee, 1987, The Dutchman, 1988, Carreno, since 1989. Author, director The Actor Then Ma, 1979. Co-author, director: (play/concert) Carreno, 1990, See Moscow and Die, 1991, (play) Hallowed Ground The Private Thoughts of Abraham Lincoln, 1997.

      Author: So This is the Wicked Stage, 1993, Notes on Othello, 1998, What's Absurd About the Theatre of the Absurd?, 1998, People do Not Want to Suffer, Only Actors Do, 1999. Taught and directed numerous actors and actresses including Anne Bancroft, Maya Angelou, Morgan Freeman, Vincent Gardenia, Frank Langella, Fred Gwynne, Louis Gosset, Junior, Walter Matthau, Rod Steiger, Beau Bridges, James Earl Jones, Loretta Swit, Judd Hirsh, Stacy Keach, Lee Marvin, Raul Julia, others.


With United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II. Member Screen Actors Guild, Society Choreographers and Directors, Actors Equity Association.


Son of Barnet and Anna (Talerman) F. M. Pat Ruth Carter, May 1, 1963. Children: Laura Ann, Ethan-Eugene.

Barnet Frankel

Anna (Talerman) Frankel

Pat Ruth Carter

Laura Ann Frankel

Ethan-Eugene Frankel