Theater Lab Staff & People

Lindsey Gates

Lindsey founded The Lake George Theater Lab in 2005 and serves as its Artistic Director. Through the Lab, Ms. Gates has produced four World Premieres, ten New Works by award winning playwrights and six Shakespeare productions in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Classical Acting program. This summer, we include our annual Shakes on the Lake, Original Ghost Stories and acclaimed director and adaptor Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The SeagullStupid *ing Bird.  As an actress Lindsey has appeared in New York, on regional stages and television. Off Broadway: Charles Winn Speaks by C.S Hanson, Legacy Codes by Cherylene Lee (New York premiere). Regional: Becky Shaw (B Street Theater, West Coast premiere), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (California Shakespeare Theater/Two River Theater Company), Big River (Music Theater of Wichita), West Coast premieres of Far Away by Caryl Churchill, I Have Loved Strangers  by Anne Washburn and Current Nobody by Melissa James Gibson (Just Theater Company), Whisper From the Book of Etiquette by Claire Chaffee (Playwrights Foundation/Magic Theatre), American premieres of OTMA by Kate Moira Ryan, Kitchen Sink Play by Gabriel McKinley, Performances by Brian Friel (Lake George Theater Lab) and Belle of Amherst (Sembrich Opera/Lake George Theater Lab). TV: L.A. Firefighters (Fox), Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central), How to Make Your First Billion (BBC Radio Play) and Vamps (Universal). She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Howard Shalwitz

Howard Shalwitz is co-founder and Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He has been the visionary force behind the company for 32 seasons, steering the theatre’s adventurous play selection, guiding the development and production of dozens of new works, building a renowned acting company, and leading Woolly Mammoth in the creation of its award-winning Penn Quarter home.

In recent Woolly seasons Howard has directed the world premieres of Civilization (all you can eat) by Jason Grote, Fever/Dream by Sheila Callaghan, and Big Death and Little Death by Mickey Birnbaum, along with Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, She Stoops to Comedy by David Greenspan, Measure for Pleasure by David Grimm, and The Faculty Room by Bridget Carpenter. Both as an actor and director, Howard has also worked with many New York and regional theatre companies. Recent honors include the 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director, his recognition as the Distinguished Finalist for the 2011 Zelda Fichandler Award, and his recognition for Distinguished Service to the Humanities by the Humanities Council of Washington DC.

Before launching his theatre career in New York in 1975, he earned an MA in Teaching from Brown University and a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.


Aaron Posner

Aaron is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. His adaptations include Chaim Potok’s THE CHOSEN and MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, Ken Kesey’s SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION, Mark Twain’s A MURDER, A MYSTERY & A MARRIAGE and more. He was the founding Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and has directed at major regional theatres including the Folger Theatre (where is an Associate Artist), Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, The Alliance, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Cal Shakes and many others. He was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives in Maryland with his wife, Erin, and tiny daughter, Maisie.


Daniel Spector

Daniel is a theater director and acting coach and is on the faculty of the Department of Drama at NYU’s. Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently a member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center.