Bob Scanlan is a theatre director who has taught at Harvard since 1989, most recently as Professor of the Practice of Theatre in the English Department. While Director of the Drama Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977-89), he translated and directed Dario Fo’s We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay in conjunction with Fo’s first North American tour, working extensively with him and his wife and collaborator, Franca Rame, during that visit. Scanlan also knew and met regularly with Samuel Beckett during the 1980s and eventually produced or directed all of Beckett’s works for the stage. He and Seamus Heaney collaborated on several Poets’ Theatre programs in subsequent years.
Scanlan was Literary Director of the American Repertory Theatre under Robert Brustein, and Director of the Dramaturgy and Playwriting Programs at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. He now heads the newly revived Poets’ Theatre of Cambridge, and is currently directing Dario Fo’s Mistero Buffo in a new translation by himself and the Italian poet, Walter Valeri.