A graduate and founding member of
Robert Brustein's Yale Repertory Company, Roger went on to direct and act for
Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, and also London's Royal Court
Theatre, Dublin's Abbey Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn
Academy of Music, La Mama, Roundabout, Los Angeles Theatre Center, the
Williamstown Theatre Festival, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Folger
Shakespeare Group, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, PBS, Metromedia and BBC-TV,
and National Public Radio.
Elected to Notable Names in American Theatre, Roger has directed in London, New York and international festival premieres by Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, David Hare, Michael Weller and William Saroyan. He has directed John Lithgow, John Travolta, James Earl Jones, James Woods and Dick Shawn, to name but a few.
Roger has directed plays and taught all aspects of communications in India, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa and throughout Europe for the U.S.I.A. and U.S. State Department. In the United States he has taught at UCLA, Columbia University, Yale University, Juilliard and Brooklyn College. Roger is the founding artistic director for both The Simon Studio (for three decades) in New York City and the Los Angeles Theatre Center Classical Theatre Lab.
Roger was recently awarded an NEA grant as producing director of National Public Radio’s Simon Studio Presents, and recently adapted and directed the American premiere of Stig Dalager’s "I Count the Hours" at La Mama in New York City and off-Broadway at Theatre Row Theatre.