Born in Melrose Park, Illinois, Lamos studied violin and ballet at an early age, and participated in high school theater productions at Proviso East High School, Maywood, Illinois, from which he graduated in 1964. He attended Northwestern University on a music scholarship.
He is now Artistic Director of the Westport Country Playhouse. He began his theatrical career as an actor at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His early Broadway appearances all were in short-lived productions: The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks and The Creation of the World and Other Business in 1972, Cyrano in 1973, and a revival of Manitoba and Superman in 1978.\r\nHe also appeared in the 1990 film Longtime Companion.
He was appointed the artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse, effective in February 2009. Westport Country Playhouse: Harbor.\r\nInto the Woods. Twelfth Night. Lips Together, Teeth Apart.
Happy Days; She Loves Maine.\r\nThe Breath of Life. That Championship Season. Of Mice and Men. Office-Broadway: The End of the Day (Playwrights Horizons);Thief River (Signature Theatre Company).
Love"s Fire (Public Theater, Acting Company).\r\nAs You Like lieutenant (Public Theater, Central Park). Indian Blood, Buffalo Gal, Black Tie and Harbor (Primary Stages). Other theater: The Kennedy Center.\r\nWashington"s Ford"s Theatre.
Canada"s Stratford Festival. Guthrie Theater; Allied Command Transformation\r\nChicago Shakespeare Theater. Yale Repertory Theatre.
District of Columbia"s Shakespeare Theatre.\r\nCincinnati Playhouse in the Park. San Diego"s Old Globe. Moscow"s Pushkin Theatre (first American to direct in former Soviet Union).\r\nGlimmerglass Opera.
Gothenburg"s Stora Teatern. L"Opéra de Montréal; Chicago Lyric. San Francisco Opera; Norway"s Bergen National Opera.\r\nAnd opera companies of Santa Fe, Saint Louis, Washington, Dallas, Seattle.
Lamos began his career in the theater as an actor on and off-Broadway and in regional theater. He made his film debut in Longtime Companion.\r\nHe was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, University of Hartford, and Trinity College. Lamos was awarded the 2007 Beinecke Fellow, Yale University, the Stanford Chair at University of Miami in Coral Cables, has lectured at Yale and was a visiting adjunct professor in the Department of Theater at the University of Michigan.
Lamos is openly gay. 1991 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play - Our Country"s Good, nominee.
Member Theater Communications Group (trustee since 1991).