was raised in Bloomington where his
grandparents settled in 1910.
His first professional work in the theater was as artistic director for Bloomington Civic Theatre in 1964 until becoming the founding artistic director of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 1968, a position he held until 1980.
then took on the artistic directorship of the Arizona Theatre Company
in Tucson and Phoenix from 1980 to 1991.
He and his family then moved back to Minnesota and he was the associate artistic director of the Children's Theatre Company until 1995 when he accepted the directorship of the Opera Workshop at the University of Minnesota.
Since 2000 he has been teaching full time at St. Olaf College and free lance directing.
has directed eight years of the Guthrie's A Christmas Carol as well as A Delicate Balance and Lost in Yonkers.
lives in South Minneapolis with his
wife, Margo, the executive director of the Jungle Theater
They have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
has worked for over 40 years with Anita Ruth.