WILL MacADAMS (director) has worked in theater in the United States, Indonesia, and South Africa. At Columbia, he has created ensemble-based adaptations of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle and Wilder's Our Town and directed Strindberg's Miss Julie, among other projects. Past directing work includes: Peter Handke's Kaspar, created with theater students in Johannesburg at the beginning of the Mandela era; Awaken New Haven, a five hour, four neighborhood theatrical journey produced by Long Wharf Theatre; Eye to Eye, created and performed by New Haven teen-agers and future officers from the New Haven Police Department; and Freedom River, a retelling of Twain's Huckleberry Finn, which he also wrote. In 1994, he studied Wayang Kulit, or Javanese Shadow Puppetry, in Central Java, Indonesia.
Columbia Stages is the producing arm of the Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies of Columbia University's School of the Arts. Columbia Stages presents a season of graduate actor and director productions as well as an annual festival of new plays by emerging playwrights. The theatre division offers M.F.A. degrees in acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy/script development, stage management and theatre management & producing. The goal of the division is to provide each student with the foundation for a career in professional theatre as well as the tools to embrace an ever-changing theatrical landscape and shape the future of the theatre.