John Vreeke
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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Seattle Public Theatre

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Round House Theatre

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Forum Theatre

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--Salt Lake Acting Company



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Source Theatre

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Had To Be Productions
Had to Be Productions
A touring company of original productions developed through interviews by Carrie Gibson, Tony Currie and director John Vreeke. 
Carrie Gibson and Tony Curry





































Miracle on 34th Street



The Canterville Ghost



The Little Princess


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      1.  Directing Resume by Theatre


      2.  Directing Resume by Timeline

      3.  New Works

      4.  Theatre for Young Audiences

      5.  Educational Programs

      6.  Television Experience

      7.  References and Education


      8.  Reviews/Photos of Plays Directed



Currently Running - Washington DC Area
Olney Theatre Center - May-June 2016
Bakersfield Mist - Directed by John Vreeke - Olney Theatre Center, Maryland-Washington DC
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job… even her best friend refused the thrift store painting she bought for her birthday. But that painting might just be… a lost Jackson Pollock! Her fate lies in the hands of world- famous curator Lionel Percy, who shows up at Maude’s trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the ‘average Joe’ might finally throw it in the face of those ‘east coast elites’.
Bakersfield Mist - Directed by John Vreeke - Olney Theatre Center, Maryland-Washington DC
Bakersfield Mist - Directed by John Vreeke - Olney Theatre Center, Maryland-Washington DC







Provocative, fast-paced and cleverly funny, Olney Theatre’s Bakerfield Mist packs a riotous punch, elevating a comic debate about the authenticity of a painting to a reflective and relevant critique about the haves and have nots with smart, edgy dialogue, and a tingling bite. - DC Metro Theater Arts

Director John Vreeke lets actors Donna Migliaccio and Michael Russotto soar in unexpected directions and the subject matter rise to lofty heights, while keeping the play rooted in rawhide realism. No easy feat, but Vreeke’s production at Olney balances the erudite and earthy.
 - DC Theatre Scene

Director John Vreeke takes the audience deep into the psychology of the characters, shedding light on their pasts and how they still affect the present. - MD Theatre Guide

MORE INFORMATION, REVIEWS & PHOTOS HERE


Most Recent Production-Washington DC
Woolly Mammoth Theatre - February 2016

Guards At The Taj - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
February 1—February 28, 2016 at Woolly Mammoth
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by John Vreeke
India, 1648: two imperial guards watch as the sun rises over the newly-completed Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring monument to the emperor’s dead queen. But awe gives way to terror when the guards are given a new assignment: to perform a bloody task whose grisly aftermath will force them to question the very ideas of beauty, responsibility, and friendship.

Guards At The Taj - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DCGuards At The Taj - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
GUARDS
at the TAJ
Guards At The Taj - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC

"Guards at the Taj...is being given a stunning and soulful production directed by John Vreeke at Woolly Mammoth"
- DC Metro Theater Arts
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"Black comedy turns to horror in Guards at the Taj" - Washington Post
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"Two actors on an austere stage plus director John Vreeke equal nirvana in Woolly Mammoth’s revelatory production of Rajiv Joseph’s tough, funny, poetic play Guards at the Taj" - DC Theater Scene
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"Woolly’s Guards at the Taj cuts to the bone. Its thrust staging dumps its horror right in the audience’s lap, and it makes no difference if laughs are a part of the show. The action is no laughing matter" - DC Metro Theater Arts
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"Guards at the Taj demonstrates an inevitable societal truth; horrific things happen alongside magnificent things" - MD Theatre Guide



Washington DC - 2014
Theatre J


The Intelligent HomoSexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DCThe Intelligent
 Homosexual's Guide

To Capitalism and Socialism
With A Key To The Scriptures

November 13 - December 21, 2014
 
by Tony Kushner
directed by John Vreeke

Featuring:
Josh Adams, Rena Cherry Brown, Jenifer Deal,
Tim Getman, Lisa Hodsoll, Lou Liberatore,
Susan Rome, Sue Jin Song, James Whalen,
Tom Wiggin and Michael Anthony Williams

THE REVIEWS AND PHOTOS ARE HERE

Lou Liberatore-Josh Adams - The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J - Washington DCWhen retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist Gus summons his three adult children to their Brooklyn home to explain why he’s selling the family brownstone and ending his life, things don’t go exactly as planned. The children bring their own dramas; Pill and his husband are stumbling as an old flame resurfaces; Empty and her wife are squabbling as they await the birth of their child; and Vic is confronting long-buried truths. A deeply emotional battle over what makes life worth living from Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner in a newly updated epic making its DC premiere at Theatre J.
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J - Washington DC
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J - Washington DC
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J - Washington DC
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J - Washington DC


Washington DC - 2014
Forum Theatre
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC
 "Splendid production of ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’; Vreeke’s gang got this mixed tone exactly right six years ago, and once again their aim is true."  
- Washington Post

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC"Vreeke’s fine-tuned direction filled the script with skilled continuity, active staging, and heightened, entertaining performances by an eclectic, fifteen member ensemble making the journey rewarding." - DC Metro Theater Arts

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC"Director John Vreeke wrings can’t-look-away performances and captivating emotion" 
- DC Theater Scene

"Prepare for anything but the ordinary" - MD TheatreGuide

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC"Under John Vreeke's capable direction this ensemble shines with some wonderful performances."
- BroadwayWorld DC




Washington DC - 2013
Woolly Mammoth Theatre

DETROIT - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre - Washington DC
 Lisa D’Amour’s DETROIT
is an explosive dark comedy
that brilliantly captures our economic moment.

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DETROIT - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC
directed by
john vreeke

Sept 9-Oct 6, 2013

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of The New York Times
top 10 plays of 2012


Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect.


"The play, bracingly directed by John Vreeke, is brash and noisy. . .
Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s scintillating regional premiere of “Detroit.”
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The Washington Post

"Vreeke...once again proves he is prose’s best friend as he draws the humor and insights out of every line" DC Theatre Scene

"Director John Vreeke works in a simplistic yet beautiful fashion to let D’Amour’s work speak for itself." -
Maryland Theatre Guide

"Vreeke's effervescent yet controlled production captures both the high energy and poetic ruminations of the playwright."
- Drama Urge





Washington DC - 2012
Woolly Mammoth Theatre


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
NOMINATED FOR NINE
HELEN HAYES AWARDS

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by Kristoffer Diaz

Directed by John Vreeke


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
Woolly Mammoth's production garners NINE Helen Hayes Awards nominations...
Outstanding Play, Director, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Ensemble, Set Design,
Lighting Design, Sound Design & Choreography.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening about the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Extended Run: September 3rd thru October 7th.


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC"Diaz’s spirited sports satire — receives a thoroughly rousing staging by director John Vreeke, an incredibly well-cast five-guy ensemble and a design team that transforms Woolly Mammoth Theatre into an infectiously boisterous venue on the professional circuit - an adrenaline rush" -Washington Post

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC“Surprisingly philosophical.”...“Technically astonishing!” ..."It’s tough to imagine something better than the hyperkintetic spectacle John Vreeke has directed for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company" -The City Paper


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC"Equal parts entertainment, politics, and economics this hand-to-hand struggle amounts almost to folie à deux"..."Director John Vreeke's arch staging gives the play all its comedic brio while his meticulous attention to detail maintains the verisimilitude of a live event"
-Drama Urge




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RECENTLY
in
Washington DC:


MetroStage
The Letters by John W. Lowell, takes place in an office in 1930’s Soviet Union. The Director calls Anna, a bureaucratic functionary, into his office, and a tense verbal and psychological cat and mouse game ensues. It represents a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin and the effort to edit/suppress and censor the writings of prominent artists.
The Letters - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC
Based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of Tchaikovsky. An intense psychological drama: still timely, still universal, perfect for our intimate theatre setting.
THE REVIEWS AND PHOTOS ARE HERE
The Letters - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC

"Vreeke's blocking is so deliberate that arguments play out like choreographed dances; the drama is spoken and the movements are subtle. Everything about this performance feels fresh" - BroadwayWorld DC

"Director John Vreeke punctuates the many long speeches with fleeting, memorable images"
- Washington City Paper

THE REVIEWS AND PHOTOS ARE HERE

Uncle Vanya - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC
Round House Theatre April/May 2015
This new version of Chekhov’s classic by Annie Baker is a revelation, bringing modern language to this timeless story of relationships and yearning. Written to create “a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions,” John Vreeke directs a production that re-envisions our performance space and features Mitchell Hébert as Vanya and Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette as Astrov.
Uncle Vanya - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC

Vreeke's blocking is so deliberate that arguments play out like choreographed dances; Everything about this performance feels fresh"
- BroadwayWorld DC

"Director John Vreeke punctuates the many long speeches with fleeting, memorable images"
- Washington City Paper


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Cherokee - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
Two couples, one black, one white, flee their suburban pressures and re-connect with nature by going camping in Cherokee, North Carolina. But their lives are upended when a member of the group mysteriously vanishes, and the others are visited by a charismatic local who just might help them live off the grid forever…
 Cherokee - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC
Lisa D’Amour’s latest comedy— a companion piece to last season’s hit, Detroit—pushes a group of middle class characters to their emotional limits. Who has an “authentic” relationship to the land? Can we escape the trappings of comfort and technology to forge a healthier civilization?

Cherokee - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC

The conundrum that D’Amour cooks up is tantalizing, and it’s staged with woodsy serenity at Woolly by “Detroit” director John Vreeke.
- The Washington Post

Vreeke takes our hands, coaxing us into this world with initial wonder and enthusiasm....until it becomes clear we have no idea what’s next.
- Theatre Bloom

Director John Vreeke has taken a script that has fascinating potential and nourished the surreal aspect of this mind-expanding getaway. - MD Theatre Guide

Cherokee - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC


The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC
Nicky Silver brings another of his deliciously dysfunctional families to the stage in this scathingly funny Broadway smash that earned Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations.  Directed by John Vreeke at Round House Theatre, 11/27-12/22/13.
"Director John Vreeke is an expert on Silver's work" - Broadway World
The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC-Bethesda, Maryland
Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room.

The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC
REVIEWS AND PHOTOS
The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC


Interview:
Tale of Two Washingtons
Tale of Two Washingtons - Interview with John Vreeke




RECENTLY
in
Portland:


Third Rail Repertory Theatre - Portland

NORTHWEST PREMIERE

May 31st – June 23rd, 2013

A Bright New Boise - Directed by John Vreeke - Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Oregon

What are the odds of God’s final act taking place in the parking lot of a big-box store? Better than you might think. This shocking and hilarious examination of rural America’s love-hate relationship with religion will rock your preconceived notions as surely as it will break your heart.

A Bright New Boise - Directed by John Vreeke - Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Oregon

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REVIEWS & PHOTOS



Other Recent
Northwest Projects
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A Bright New Boise

The Woman In Black

How I Learned To Drive

Dying City

Martha, Jose & The Chinese Elvis

Rapture of the Deep

14/48





*
LIST OF SHOWS DIRECTED
(
Since 2000, in Order of Most Recent)

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.Olney Theatre.
Bakersfield Mist - Directed by John Vreeke - Olney Theatre


RoundHouse Theatre


Forum Theatre - Washington DC
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke
RoundHouse Theatre
The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke

Metro Stage


Metro Stage


CenterStage!


Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Theatre J

Forum Theatre - H Street
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Kennedy Theatre
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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 Theatre J

 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

Guards at the Taj - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC


Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Cherokee - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC
MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
Underneath The Lintel - Directed by John Vreeke

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Detroit - Directed by John Vreeke


Theatre J


Woolly Mammoth Theatre

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Stone Soup Theatre


Seattle Public Theatre


Metro Stage


Forum Theatre - H Street
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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Everyman Theatre
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 Washington Shakespeare Co.
 
.MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
The Letters - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC

Theatre J
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC
MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
The Thousandth Night - Directed by John Vreeke

Third Rail Theatre, Portland
A Bright New Boise - Directed by John Vreeke


Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Metro Stage

Burien Little Theatre

Salt Lake Acting Company


Woolly Mammoth Theatre


Charter Theatre
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Olney Theatre
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Theatre Alliance
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 Metro Stage
For The Pleasure of
Seeing Her Again
 
Theatre J

 Woolly Mammoth Theatre - Theatre J




Woolly Mammoth Theatre

 Washington Shakespeare Co.




Metro Stage

 Everyman Theatre



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