Joseph Haj is Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  He was Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company from 2006 to 2015 and directed Into the Woods, The Tempest, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Henry IV/V The Making of a KingBig RiverAs You Like ItThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, PericlesThe Illusion, Cyrano de Bergerac Not About Heroes, and Amadeus. Previously for PlayMakers Joe assisted Mark Wing-Davey on King Lear. Joe’s production of Hamlet at the Folger Theatre in Washington D.C. won several Helen Hayes Awards in 2010, and his productions of Pericles and Henry V at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012 received much praise.  Other directing credits include As You Like It and Metamorphoses for the Clarence Brown Theatre, and The Road That Leads Here for the Humana Festival in Louisville. As an actor Joe has worked with Joanne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart (original member of the SITI Company), Peter Sellars, Robert Woodruff, Garland Wright, Michael Grief, Sir Peter Hall, Jon Jory and others.  TV appearances include 24, Without a Trace, Navy NCIS, Crossing Jordan and Charmed. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Millennium Grant and also the recipient of the 2004/2005 Nation Endowment for the Arts / Theatre Communications Group Career Development Grant for directors.  Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and was named by American Theatre Magazine as one of 25 artists who will lead the American Theatre in the next quarter century.