Profile Type: Artist
John Hadden

John Hadden is a juried Vermont Teaching Artist who has conducted many residencies in the schools, ranging from Shakespeare to original work derived from the English curriculum, has directed several productions for the New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro, and has strong collaborative ties with education programs at the Weston Playhouse, New England Youth Theater, the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, and with Main Street Arts in Saxtons River. He started his career in 1971 touring New England with the Traveling Festival Theater, and is now a company advisor to the Vermont Suitcase Company. He was born in Berlin and spent his childhood overseas. He is a founding member of Shakespeare & Co, cofounder of Counterpoint Theater, artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company and associate artist with We Players. Projects in Berlin, Cologne, Leningrad, at regional theaters, Yale Center for British Art, WNYC, WBAI, pilots and independent films, and in universities and schools of every level. At Hubbard Hall he directed Hadrian VII, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Night of the Iguana, Macbeth; he played Salieri in Amadeus and Lear in King Lear. At We Players he co-directed and played Macbeth in the old Fort Point fortress under the Golden Gate Bridge, and ran King Fool, his two-hander adaptation of King Lear that addresses end-of-life caretaking, in several locations around San Francisco. He has won three consecutive Berkshire Theater Critics Awards ("Berkies") in recent years as an actor. He has a theater BFA from SUNY Purchase where he studied with George Morrison, and a writing MFA from Goddard College; his plays and writing have won awards and has appeared in NYC at LaMaMa ETC, PS 122, and the Ensemble Studio Theater, and have been published in The Good Ear Review, American Letters & Commentary, and Tupelo Quarterly. His play The Long Run, an adaptation of the Edith Wharton story, was commissioned and produced by the Wharton Salon. His book Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me (Arcade Publishing, 2016), a dialogue-memoir about his father, CIA Station Chief in Israel during the Six-Day War, is in bookstores; his solo show derived from the book has played in various theaters and is now on tour. More about the book and solo show at; more about other works at



Find Me On …

Additional Links: 
Trailer for Macbeth, We PLayers, San Francisco, at Fort Point. Co-directed by John Hadden, who also plays Macbeth.
interviews on site on King Fool, a two-hander based on King Lear
interview, Weston Playhouse, Charlie and the Cholcolate Factory
Scorpions scene, Macbeth at Fort Point
short video by 8th grader Jeremy Loewer on the making of Hamlet
Short clip of solo show: Travels with a Masked Man
Interview re writing Conversations with a Masked Man
Review of Conversations with a Masked Man
Excerpt from Conversations with a Masked Man

I Have Worked With

  • March 2010 to March 2020

    I have been a Vermont Teaching Artist for several years, ran a three-week Shakespeare Residency with The Grammar School in Putney, am part of the roster for Poetry Out Loud, and regularly participate in Vermont Young Playwrights programs.

  • June 2017

    Played lead in Shipwrecked, by Donald Margulies, May-June 2017 (Berkie Best Ensemble Award).

  • October 2016

    I directed The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; Our Town; Twelfth Night and Macbeth, and wrangled the young fairy band for Midsummer Night's Dream.


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Director, Writer, Actor, Teaching Artist
Mailing Address: 
11 Tarpley Rd
Londonderry, VT 05148
Physical Address: 
11 Tarpley Rd
Londonderry, VT 05148
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts - General
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Musical
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Variety / Vaudeville
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Actors Equity Association
Authors Guild
Goddard College MFA, Writing
SUNY Purchase BFA, Theater Arts
Berkshire Theater Critics' Awards 2018 ("Berkies"); Best Supporting Actor for HIR, Shakespeare & Co
Berkshire Theater Critics' Awards 2017: Best Ensemble for "Shipwrecked" at Oldcastle
Berkshire Theater Critics' Awards 2016: Best Supporting Actor in a Major Theater (Launce at Shakespeare & Co), and nomination for best leading actor in major theater (Antonio at S&Co)
Boston International Film Festival award for short film TAKEN, acting & Directing, 2009
grants from Feminist Review Trust (UK), Northampton Arts Council, for WOMEN AT WAR, 2006
Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities, for BEYOND THE HILL (about WEB DuBois, with Berkshire Theater Festival and Berkshire Country Day School), 2002
Massachusetts Cultural Council award for Playwriting, HARD RAIN, 2000 approx
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
minimal lights, at least 12X16 performance space
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Juried member of the Vt Arts Council Roster of Teaching Artists
BFA, SUNY at Purchase
MFA, Goddard College
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Fee Range Maximum: