Aaron Posner is an award-winning director, playwright, teacher, and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre and New Jersey’s Two River Theatre.

Posner has also re-imagined Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, in a variation called District Merchants: An Uneasy Comedy (2016) commissioned by Folger Theatre. It is set in Washington, DC, during the Reconstruction era, after the end of the Civil War. Exploring relations between Jewish and African-American businessmen and other residents in the city, including people of color free before the war and newly emancipated freedmen, it premiered at the Folger Shakespeare Library on May 31, 2016.

He has directed more than 150 productions at major regional theaters across the country including virtually every theater in the DC area. As a playwright, his re-imaging of Chekhov’s The Seagull, entitled Stupid F**king Bird, was one of the ten most produced plays in the country in 2015 and has had more than 150 productions worldwide. Other plays include The Heal, JQA, Life Sucks, No Sisters, District Merchants, Who Am I This Time? & Other Conundrums of Love, The Chosen, My Name Is Asher Lev, The Gift of Nothing, ME…JANE,and many more. He teaches at American University, and lives outside of D.C. with his wife, actress Erin Weaver, and his amazing daughter, Maisie.


Professor Posner:

I am originally from Philadelphia and earned a law degree at American University. May I interest you to take a look at a brief, creative memoir I recently published: A Meeting of Joyce and Proust?

I grew up in a mixed heritage family. My father had an Orthodox Jewish background and my mother was Polish Catholic.

The text is on academia.edu. The link is


Regards and stay safe!

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC