Before heading to Baltimore and Center Stage in 2002, where he’s been Resident Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director/Director of Dramaturgy, Gavin spent nearly 15 years in Chicago—as an actor, dramaturg, director, translator/adaptor, and educator. He was Resident Dramaturg at Northlight and Court Theatres; Academic Coordinator of University Theater at the University of Chicago; and a founding company member of the (now vanished) classical theater ensemble, greasy joan & co. As a dramaturg, Gavin’s work has ranged from Sophocles and Shakespeare to Stoppard, Shaffer, and their contemporary peers—including freelance and developmental dramaturgy all around the country. Directing highlights include several dozen new play workshops and staged readings; Ostrovsky’s A Family Affair; the short film 9022131 Pink, from a script by Kenneth Lin; and a half-dozen Shakespeare plays, including his adaptation of Pericles and most recently the Baltimore Center Stage production of Twelfth Night.
A graduate of Yale and the University of Chicago, where his studies focused on English Renaissance literature and drama, he taught on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Barat College, and DePaul University; consulted for the Chicago Humanities Festival; and guest lectured at the Graham School of General Studies, Oak Park Shakespeare Festival, and Department of Cultural Affairs. Since arriving in Baltimore, he has taught at Towson University and the Peabody Institute, and guest lectured at UMBC Honors College, Stevenson University, University of Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins. In addition to As You Like It, his adaptations and translations include a Jeff-nominated adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles, As You Like It, Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Granville-Barker’s The Voysey Inheritance, Ionesco’s Macbett, and a published co-translation of Beaumarchais’ Barber of Seville. He serves on the advisory board of several small theaters, is a member of the Dramaturgy Focus Group of ATHE and the theatrical collective Wingspace Design, presents regularly on panels and at conferences around the country, serves as an evaluator and adjudicator for national arts funding awards, and has spent many years as a member and now board member of LMDA, the national association of dramaturgs.