Maria Aitken


Director, Creditors

Ms. Aitken directed the award-winning production of The 39 Steps on Broadway (Tony Award-winner and Best Director nomination), in London’s West End (nine year run, Olivier and Helpmann Award winner). She has also directed Tartuffe (Delaware REP); Bedroom Farce (Huntington Theatre, Boston); Heartbreak House (Delaware REP); The Cocktail Hour (Guthrie Theater, MA; Huntington Theatre, Boston); Private Lives (Shakespeare Theatre DC); The Seagull (Huntington Theatre, Boston); Sherlock’s Last Case (Watermill, Newbury); The Gift (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles); Betrayal (Huntington Theatre, Boston); Private Lives (Huntington Theatre, Boston); Man and Boy (Broadway); The Gift (Melbourne Theatre); Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre, Boston); As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre DC); Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Festival); Man and Boy (West End and tour); As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Irma Vep (West End); After the Ball Was Over (Old Vic); Happy Family (West End); The Rivals (Court Theatre, Chicago) As an actress, Ms. Aitken has performed leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End in such productions as Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce, Travesties, Waste, Private Lives and The Vortex, among others. Ms. Aitken has a Master of Arts, Oxford University, English Language and Literature and is a trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation. She is the author of two books: A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy. She can be found online at

Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union