Faculty A-Z

  • Elinor Renfield

    Chair of Directing and Professor of Professional Practice


    Elinor Renfield began training as a dancer with the Martha Graham Company in the 1950s. She attended the "old" High School of the Performing Arts, the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and earned an MA in Theater at City University of New York. She has directed over 25 new American plays since 1976 at NY Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizon, The American Place Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Theater for the New City, and Café La Mama. Her production of Johnny Got His Gun at the Circle Repertory won an Obie Award, her production of The Diary of Anne Frank won the Boston Theater Award, and her production of Passion Play by Peter Nichols at the Arena Stage in DC was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She has since again directed Passion Play, at the Minetta Lane Theater (off-Broadway), and revised the libretto and directed the Schwartz/Fields musical, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at the Goodspeed Opera House. On Broadway, Ms. Renfield directed Open Admissions by Shirley Lauro at the Music Box. Since 1988, she has been on the faculty of Theater and Dance at Princeton University.