Guest Artist of Directing (2015)
Jan Blixt is the Artistic Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. In 2015 Blixt directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and adapt and direct Henry IV - an epic collection of both full-length Henry IV plays into one night of theatre. Last year she directed the acclaimed Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (BroadwayWorld Best Shakespeare Production, 2014) and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde Award - Best Comedy). In 2013 she directed the hugely successful Twelfth Night, and in 2012 she directed both Richard III & George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion (Wilde Award nominated for Best Comedy, Best Scenic Design, Best Actor Comedy, and Best Actress Comedy). In her first season she directed Romeo & Juliet, and in 2011 she directed both Much Ado About Nothing and the Wilde-Award Winning Best of the Bard Production of The Winter's Tale. She also adapts and directs the ongoing MSF touring productions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth.
Jan has been a working director in Chicago for the past ten years where she has helmed Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream,and the recent critically heralded Titus Andronicus. She has also been the vocal director and text coach forOthello, Edward III, and Hamlet. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of A Crew of Patches Theatre Company, a professional Shakespearean repertory company in Chicago that produces full-length Shakespeare plays for high schools. She teaches text analysis and folio technique for professional actors and in colleges and is still, when there's time, a working actor, having appeared onstage at the JET, the Shadow Theatre Co., MeadowBrook, City Lit, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, Timeline Theatre, Next Theatre - and right here at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.
A graduate of the Hilberry Theater's MFA program, Jan is married to long-time MSF Artistic Associate, Author and Fight Director David Blixt, whom she met at the Festival in 1997 when they played Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. They are the parents of Dashiell and Evelyn.