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John Stix

Director, acting teacher, faculty member of The Juilliard School

John Stix, a theater and film director, acting teacher, and faculty member of The Juilliard School since 1974, died Oct. 2 of complications from a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 83.

Originally from St. Louis, Stix graduated from the Yale School of Drama at Yale University.

His Broadway credits include stage managing a 1950 play by Lynn Riggs, “Borned in Texas,” and later directing a revival of James M. Barrie’s “Mary Rose” (1951); Louis Peterson’s “Take a Giant Step” (with a young Louis Gossett, in 1953); the Alan Paton-inspired “Too Late the Phalarope” (1956); a 1970 musical called “Park” (which he also produced) and a 1979 revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price” starring Fritz Weaver and Joseph Buloff.

His directing credits also include Joshua Logan’s “The Wisteria Trees” and James M. Barrie’s “What Every Woman Knows,” and Roundabout Theatre Company productions of “Family Business,” “The Chalk Garden” (with Irene Worth and Constance Cummings) and “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” among many others.

He also directed the 1983 PBS American Playhouse production of “Family Business,” as well as the Omnibus series for television. Film credits include “The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery,” starring Steve McQueen.

Stix was the artistic director of Baltimore Center Stage from 1970-73 and artistic administrator of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute from 1969-1970.

In addition to teaching at The Juilliard School, he was a faculty member at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City. Among his students are actors such as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Bradley Whitford and Kevin Spacey.

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