About Maureen


International Theatre Director                    Maureen Payne-Hahner

As a theatre director, I have directed in London, New York City (off-Broadway), Chicago, Munich, Vienna and Bangalore, India.

New plays are my passion. See WIN: Writers Innovative Network

London review theartsdesk

I am very keen as to developing new work by both emerging and established international playwrights.

As a director, I like to look to unconventional elements for inspiration. With each project, I strive to deliver truth, simplicity and strong design values.

Having worked with several talented and creative artists both nationally and internationally, every engagement has helped hone my skills. My craft demands compassion, collaboration and attention to detail. I seek to inspire individuals to explore their unique talents and to fully trust in themselves as individual artists.

Unique Contributions as a Director Include:

Global Perspective
Scientific Theater

Professional Training

International and National Assignments. Cultural diversity has been my best training; directing performers and collaborating with design teams of various cultural backgrounds.

The Abingdon Theatre Company, NYC, New Scripts Evaluation
Producing Director, Abingdon International Initiative

The School at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL

  • Award Winning Instructors include: Tina Landau: Viewpoints, Anna D. Shapiro: Scene Study, Frank Galati: Script Analysis, Rhondi Reed: Ensemble Building, Austin Pendelton: Everything Theatre.
  • Six week observership of American Buffalo by David Mamet, directed by Amy Morton, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago.

Sanford Meisner Method: Sally Johnson, NYC., Mary-Anne Thebus, Chicago., Janet Wilson, Richmond, Virginia.
New York Internships: Naked Angels and The Ensemble Studio Theatre

Yale Summer Cabaret, Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • Assistant Director


Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
Senior Thesis Published.


German (Working Knowledge)

Artistic Associations

SDC: Society of Directors and Choreographers, New York City. Full Member                                                                                                              Founding Ensemble Member, The Gift Theater Company, Chicago, IL. 2002-Present
ETOPiA Productions, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

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