Hunter Bird is an American stage director and producer focused on new play and musical development. Hunter has directed at Ars Nova, The McKittrick Hotel, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The NY International Fringe Festival, SoHo Playhouse, Joe's Pub, The Club at LaMaMa, Columbia University, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Hunter has assistant directed at La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, SoHo Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and with The Debate Society and assistant choreographed at Lincoln Center.
Arts Administration credits include: Producer of SHOW SEARCH, the first National High School and College 10 Minute Musical competition, Interim Assistant to the Producing Director at Center Theatre Group, Event Coordinator of Southern California Festival of New American Musicals (with Stephen Schwartz, Bob Klein, and Marcia Seligson), and Founding Artistic Director of Act III Theatre Ensemble at UCLA. Training: BA in Directing and Musical Theatre from UCLA; RADA (Short Directing Course). Awards: UCLA Emerging Director Award (2011), Gilbert Cates Fellowship (2009), UCLA Distinguished Senior Award (2011/2012). SDC Associate Member. www.hunter-bird.com.
2013: Yearlong Residency at The McKittrick Hotel (THE IMAGINARY MENAGERIE)
2013: Finalist for The Sir John Gielgud Fellowship
2013: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership (HUGHIE)
2011/12: UCLA Distinguished Senior Award
2011: UCLA Emerging Director Award
2011: George Burns and Gracie Allen Scholarship and Fellowship in Comedy (For HAPPY END)
2010: UCLA Charles Speroni Memorial Award
2010: Harry Brandel Scholarship
2009: UCLA Gilbert Cates Donor Award and Fellowship
2008 - 2012: UCLA ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP: GOLD SHIELD HIGHEST HONOR
2008: Outstanding Achievement for Senior Project (For DREAMCHILD)
2008: Voice of Democracy District Level Scholarship Winner (Sponsored by the Veterans of Foriegn Wars)
2007: George Washington University Book Award