Joanna Settle on location, directing a scene from the film Night, Night.
Joanna Settle, Artistic Director

Joanna Settle has served as artistic director of Division 13 Productions since 1997. She has directed and/or adapted 15 of D13’s 17 projects, most notably BLOOD LINE: The Oedipus/Antigone Story, two plays by Sophocles (After Dark Award Winner for “Outstanding Production” and “Best New Translation”) and Macbett by Ionesco (Joseph Jefferson Award Winner for “Excellence in Sound Design”). Her dedication to Beckett manifested in a series of his short works produced site-specifically with the company, including Beckett SHORTS [4], an evening of four plays set in and around the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn. Her career also includes the 1997 South American tour of GREASE and the short film “Night, Night” by Will Eno. Most recently, Settle directed the acclaimed Nine Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo for Manhattan Ensemble Theater (Lucille Lortel Award-winner for “Outstanding Solo Production” and “Outstanding Sound Design”). In 2005-2006, she will restage the production for the Geffen Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arena Stage. Settle has directed and taught at undergraduate and graduate theatre programs at The Juilliard School, Bard College, Cornell and Williams College.


In 2000-2002, she was honored with the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Career Development Grant for Directors.  She completed her graduate study at The Juilliard School, was a three-year resident artist at HERE Arts Center and is a member of SSDC. Settle is represented by Morgan Jenness, Abrams Artists Agency.