ACT Welcomes Its First Kenan Directing Fellow!

Meet Wiley Basho Gorn, the very first Kenan Directing Fellow at ACT!

Wiley Basho Gorn
Wiley Basho Gorn

The Thomas S. Kenan Directing Fellowship and ACT seek to provide emerging directors with practical knowledge and experience as artists embarking on a career in regional theatre. ACT joins Lincoln Center Theatre and The Kennedy Center as the three institutions partnering in this program. Each Directing Fellow is mentored by incoming Artistic Director John Langs as well as by the Artistic Fellow Director, and the entire ACT staff, in varying capacities.

Wiley will be with ACT until February 2016 assisting incoming Artistic Director John Langs on Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and A Christmas Carol, helping with inter-departmental projects, as well as directing a fellowship showcase.

Wiley hails from the woods of Ulster County nestled in upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley. He is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received a BFA degree in Directing from the School of Drama. While there he assistant directed many productions (favorites include: Of Mice and Men, A Lie of the Mind, Romeo and Juliet) as well as produced and directed his senior thesis project of Venus in Fur. Regional/New York City directing work includes The Tempest (Taksu Theatre Co. NYC), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: a Sea-Shanty Musical (Peppercorn Theatre, Winston-Salem NC). Assistant/Associate director work: Take One Step (Peppercorn Theatre, Winston-Salem NC), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Sonnet Rep, NYC), Luv (Guild Hall, East Hampton NY).

Wiley has a deep passion for nature, the violin, Shakespeare, and stories of epic proportion. He is thrilled to be joining ACT and the Seattle theatre community this fall and excited for his artistic work to continue in growth, development, and specificity.

The Directing Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

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