May Adrales

Lecturer in Directing


May Adrales is a freelance theater director based in New York City. May has helmed several world premieres including Qui Nguyen's VIETGONE (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep); JC Lee’s Luce (LCT3); Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival); the musical, In This House at Two River Theater Company; A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville), and after all the terrible things I do (Milwaukee Rep); Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (The Goodman Theatre); Tommy Smith’s The Wife (Access Theater), and The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions). She directed the award-winning revival of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Theatre and at the Wuzhen International Theatre Festival in China and Chinglish at Portland Center Stage/Syracuse Stage and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop at Milwaukee Rep; Chinglish (Portland Center Stage); and Breath and Imagination (Cleveland Playhouse). 

From 2008-10, she served as the Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center, developing programs to support and nurture over 200 playwrights. She served as an Artistic Associate at The Public Theater (2006-2008), spearheading the Shakespeare Lab, a professional conservatory and overseeing community engagement programs in the outer boroughs. Adrales was a recipient of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Denham Fellowship and a TCG New Generations grant. She is the 2011 recipient of the Paul Green Emerging Theatre Artist Award. She has been awarded directing fellowships at New York Theatre Workshop; Women's Project; SoHo Rep; and The Drama League. She is a proud Artistic Associate at Milwaukee Rep. She served as a faculty member for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab (2006-2009) and at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts at Primary Stages (2012-present), and has directed and taught at Juilliard, ART, ACT, Fordham, NYU, and Bard College.  She is currently on faculty at Brown University/Trinity Rep and YSD.  Adrales is a graduate of Yale School of Drama. (