Geoffrey Owens

Acting - BFA Musical Theater

Since graduating, cum laude, from Yale University in 1983, Geoffrey Owens has worked as an actor, director and teacher in theater, television and film. 

On stage, Mr. Owens recently appeared on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom). Other credits include Oscar Wilde’s Salome (with Al Pacino), the Chicago premiere of David Mamet's Race (at the Goodman Theatre), Opus and As You Like It (as 'Jaques') at Two River Theatre, and Julius Caesar (as ‘Casca’) at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C.  Most recently, he has appeared at CSC Rep in Mother Courage (directed by Brian Kulick) and Doctor Faustus (directed by Andre Belgrader).  He has done roles -- including Romeo, Richard the Third, Othello and Puck -- at numerous theaters (including the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Long Wharf Theater, the Hartford Stage Company and the Williamstown Theater Festival), with directors such as Joseph Papp, David Leveaux, A.J. Antoon, James Lapine, Mark Lamos, Joe Dowling, Derek Anson Jones, Jonathon Moscone, Michael Sexton, and Estelle Parsons. 

On film, Mr. Owens has appeared in Wilde Salome (directed by Al Pacino), Stonebrook (with Seth Green), The Paper (directed by Ron Howard), Play the Game (with Andy Griffith), and Dreams. He will also appear in the soon-to-be-released Youth in Oregon (with Frank Langella). His television credits include The Cosby Show and Built to Last, as well as appearances on The Slap, The Leftovers, The Affair, Deadbeat, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Medium, Journeyman, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, The Wedding Bells, Law and Order, Law and Order S.V.U., The Guiding Light, That’s So Raven, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Flash Forward and Friends of the People.  He will soon be seen in HBO's new series, Divorce, (with Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church).

As a director, Owens has staged productions of King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Tartuffe, as well as one-act plays by Chekhov, Overruled by Shaw, Mamet’s American Buffalo, Athol Fugard’s Statements Made After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act and William Mastrosimone’s Tamer of Horses.  In Los Angeles, he directed Macbeth for the Circus Theatricals Theatre Company and co-directed (with Lee M. Cohn) the popular show Inside Private Lives.  He recently directed a 21-member cast in Irwin Shaw’s Bury the Dead at the HB Playwrights Foundation, Linda Means To Wait (by and starring Linda Sithole) for the New York Fringe Festival, and Henry VI, Part II at the NYU Tisch School. 

As well as developing and leading a private weekly Shakespeare workshop, Mr. Owens has taught Shakespeare and Acting at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio, Yale University, the Gene Frankel Studio, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, the Adult School of Montclair and Pace University (where he currently teaches Shakespeare and Modern Drama). He has also worked as a guest teacher at Two River Theatre, Bergen County Community College, Montclair High School, the Cicely Tyson School for the Arts, the Plainfield Academy of the Arts, the Savannah Arts Academy and Shorter University.  He is the founder and artistic director of The Brooklyn Shakespeare Company and is the recipient of the BACA Brooklyn Bridge Award and the Danny Kaye Award.  He studied acting with Uta Hagen, Nikos Psacharapoulos, Austin Pendleton and Bart Teush.  For most of the past 25 years, he has served as a semi-finalists judge of the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center.