Janet Alexander Griffin

Janet Griffin, director of public programs
Director of Programming and Artistic Producer
(202) 675-0343

Janet Alexander Griffin has established Folger Theatre as a home for creative, contemporary approaches to classic theater. She has produced more than 25 seasons of theater, including the majority of Shakespeare plays, as well as the work of many other playwrights; more than 1,000 concerts of early music; and a like number of other cultural events. Her leadership of Folger Theatre has seen the theater recognized with 158 nominations and 31 awards for excellence from Washington’s Helen Hayes Awards. These include two awards for “Outstanding New Play" and four for “Outstanding Resident Play”, most recently received for Sense and Sensibility in 2017. Bard Records, created by Griffin, has released 23 titles of music by Folger Consort and others, and Folger Theatre has seven fully dramatized Shakespeare audio books available through Simon and Schuster. Projects commissioned or developed include Lynn Redgrave’s Shakespeare for My Father and Rachel and Juliet, The Fairy Queen and other presentations of Baroque music and Shakespeare with Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, and other celebrated artists; Roger Rees’s What You Will; The Second Shepherds’ Play, adapted by Mary Hall Surface; Aaron Posner’s District Merchants; Caroline Shaw’s The Tempest; Gravedigger’s Tale with Louis Butelli; and Confection by Third Rail Productions. She was the first to bring to Washington a Shakespeare’s Globe production and to take Folger programming to London’s Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe, as well as other venues in Washington, New York, and California. Other Folger programs stewarded by Griffin are the O.B. Hardison Poetry series, which celebrated its 50th season in 2018; a 30-year collaboration with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation; screenings from the Royal Shakespeare Company; and lectures and readings by theater professionals, early modern scholars, and contemporary literary figures.