Sir Peter Hall founded The Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960 and remained its managing director until 1968. He was the director of the British National Theatre from 1973 to 1988, and has been the artistic director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera since 1984. His many honors include two Tony Awards, for his direction of The Homecoming and Amadeus, and an Olivier Award for Lifetime Achievement. He's been decorated Commander Order British Empire; he was knighted in 1977.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Mr. Hall
in Theater Voices

SC: You talk about a voyage of discovery in the rehearsal process. Can you say something about the process that you use to pull disparate personalities?

PH: I have a terribly clear idea about which way the journey's going to take us; I'm not quite sure where we're going to end up. I don't tell them where I want to go. I hope that it will be obvious where we need to go.