Robert Wilson

Stage Director
Born Oct 4, 1941

Robert Wilson is an American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has been called "[America America]'s — or even the world's — foremost vanguard 'theater artist'". Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Wilson.


1941 Birth Born on October 4, 1941.


1963 21 Years Old He moved to Brooklyn in 1963, receiving a BFA in architecture from the Pratt Institute in 1965. … Read More
1968 26 Years Old In 1968, he founded an experimental performance company, the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds (named for a teacher who helped him overcome a speech impediment – a severe stutter – while a teenager).
1969 27 Years Old With this company, he created his first major works, beginning with 1969's The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old In 1972, Wilson's Deafman Glance, a long, silent play, appeared at the Nancy Festival, and later opened in Paris, championed by the designer Pierre Cardin. … Read More


1983 41 Years Old In 1983/84, Wilson planned a performance for the 1984 Summer Olympics, the CIVIL warS: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down; the complete work was to have been 12 hours long, in 6 parts. The production was only partially completed - the full event was cancelled by the Olympic Arts Festival, due to insufficient funds. In 1986, the Pulitzer Prize jury unanimously selected the CIVIL warS for the drama prize, but the supervisory board rejected the choice and gave no drama award that year.
1990 48 Years Old In 1990 alone, Wilson created four new productions in four different West German cities: Shakespeare's King Lear in Frankfurt, Chekhov's Swan Song in Munich, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando in West Berlin, and The Black Rider, a collaboration by Wilson, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs, in Hamburg. … Read More


1993 51 Years Old In addition to his work for the stage, Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, and furniture designs. He won the Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale for a sculptural installation. … Read More


2004 62 Years Old In 2004, Ali Hossaini offered Wilson a residency at the television channel LAB HD. … Read More
2007 65 Years Old In 2007, Wilson was evicted from the Vestry Street loft he had lived and worked in for 34 years by developer Aby Rosen. … Read More
2011 69 Years Old In 2011, New York-based company International Flavors & Fragrances created a new scent, titled Black Rider, in Wilson's honor on the occasion of the director's 70th birthday. … Read More
2012 70 Years Old In 2012, Times Square Arts invited Wilson to show selections from his three-minute video portraits on more than twenty digital screens that lined Times Square.
In 2013 Wilson, in collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov and co-starring Willem Dafoe, developed "The Old Woman", an adaptation of the work by the Russian author Daniil Kharms. … Read More
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