Louis Rackoff served as the chair of Theatre and Dance 2005 – 2012, and currently serves as head of the MFA directing program.
Lou was Artistic Director of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival from 1988 – 2002, where he supervised or directed more than sixty productions. Most recent directing for NCSF included: Shakespeare’s King Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Tempest; Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters; and Lou’s original adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Lou has been a guest director for more than fifty productions at numerous professional theaters and universities throughout the country, and worked as a Production Stage Manager for the New York Shakespeare Festival 1974-1981, where he directed a National Tour of the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance.
Directing projects for the Department of Theatre include: Much Ado About Nothing, A Lesson From Aloes, An Enemy of the People, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Pride and Prejudice, The Learned Ladies, King Lear, The Grapes of Wrath, The School for Scandal, The Government Inspector, The Liar. For Southern Arena Theatre: Shakespeare in Hollywood, An Inspector Calls, The Comedy of Errors, The 39 Steps, Taking Steps.