John Hadden 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, in several locations around San Francisco. 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 has won awards and has appeared in NYC at LaMaMa ETC, PS 122, and the Ensemble Studio Theater, and 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 maskedman.org; more about other works at johnlhadden.com.
John is a Vermont juried Teaching Artist, 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 the Education Program at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Weston Plahouse (Young Playwrights) and with Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.