Janet Alexander Griffin

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

Ms. Griffin has led the Folger’s public programs since 1982. She has produced 81 plays, including 47 Shakespeare plays, for which Folger Theatre has been recognized with 125 nominations and 20 awards for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production from Washington's Helen Hayes Awards. These include five awards for Outstanding Resident Production, most recently received for The Taming of the Shrew in 2013. She had a role in bringing two of Lynn Redgrave's solo shows—Shakespeare For My Father and Rachel and Juliet—to the stage. After its Folger premiere, Shakespeare For My Father was performed in London and New York, where Redgrave received a Tony. Responsible for the Folger's performing arts and outreach programs, she has overseen the growth of the Folger Consort early music series, including the creation of the Bard recording label and production of Hildegard’s Ordo Virtutum, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Handel’s Messiah, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and over 500 chamber music concerts. She has extended the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, now more than 30 years in existence, and forged a partnership with the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award and reading series, bringing the country's renowned fiction writers to the DC area.