Shaktman, Ben, 1937-

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Ben Shaktman (1937- ) is an American playwright and director of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional repertory and television productions; he is also an executive coach, facilitator, and mediator.

Ben Shaktman was born in Boston in 1937. He received his B.A. degree from Syracuse University in 1959 and his M.A. degree in social science from the Maxwell School of Political Science at the same university in 1964.

Upon receiving a Fulbright fellowship (1959-1961), he went to Europe where he spent some time at Oxford, Bristol University, the University of London, Paris, and Berlin. He was a director at the Royal Court Theater in London and the Theater Nationale Populaire in Paris, where he co-directed Bertolt Brecht's "The Guns of Carrar" in 1961. He worked as a directorial associate at the Berliner Ensemble in East Germany, assisting in the staging of Ostrovsky's "The Abyss." his own play, "Point in the Square," was produced in 1960 by the Bristol Old Vic.

After returning to the United States in 1962, Mr. Shaktman served for two years as artist-in-residence and lecturer in drama at Syracuse University. While at Syracuse he staged the U.S. premiere of Bertolt Brecht's "The Guns of Carrar," with a new translation by George Tabori.

In 1964 he spent a year at the Charles Playhouse in Boston, where he staged the musical, "She Loves Me," and also created a resident repertory company to perform a complete theater for youth, including a unique musical theater for children and a series of revue productions which toured Massachusetts high schools.

From 1975 to 1982 he served as general and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Public Theater where he was responsible for establishing the theatre's financial and artistic foundations and directed a majority of productions during its first seven years.

In 1983 Mr. Shaktman expanded the application of his theatrical and directorial skills to the business world when he became the founder and president of Shaktman Associates, an executive consulting and coaching firm specializing in training corporate executives, teachers, professors and community leaders in the effective preparation and delivery of presentations.(see separate collection Shaktman Associates Records ) He continues as its president today (2010).

Mr. Shaktman lives in California.

From the guide to the Ben Shaktman Papers, 1949-2009, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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