Victor Malana Maog is a respected theater director, educator and arts leader with over twenty-five years experience directing projects, programs, and companies that boldly meet at the intersections of world-class art-making, popular culture, and forward-thinking community engagement.
He possesses national and international experience bridging the world of theater with diverse audiences and industries.
Artistic Director of The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, describes Maog as
“one of the leading lights of his generation - smart, talented, capable, and an artist with deep principles and integrity."
His award-winning work has reached over half the continental United States and has been cited as "Highly Recommended", "Must See", "Best of", "Critic's Picks" and "one of the year’s very best pieces of theatre" (Chicago Theater Review).
He’s directed and developed works at The Public Theater, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Working Theater, York Theater, Drury Lane, Connecticut Repertory Theate, New Dramatists & The Lark. Earlier in his career, he had the privilege of working under directors Mark Lamos, Bill Rauch, Susan H. Schulman, Ted Sperling, Peter Dubois & Mary Zimmerman.
"One of the nation's rising theatre directors" (Asian Journal), he's equally at home directing classic plays such as The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Blood Wedding, The Visit, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and Cyrano as he is in the world of music theatre: Spring Awakening, South Pacific, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, and The Secret Garden. His new work creation has taken him from major institutions in New York City & Los Angeles to non-traditional projects in Chicago's south side & Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
From 2016-18, he served as Show Director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment creating and directing stage shows, large scale events, and spectaculars for millions of visitors.
World Premiere of In Old Age by Mfoniso Udofia at Magic Theatre and Her Portmanteau by Mfoniso Udofia (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA), Macbeth at California Shakespeare Theater, God Said This by Leah Nanako Winkler (2g, New York, NY); Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu (Page 73 Summer Residency at Yale, New Haven, CT); ABC/DISNEY Talent Showcase (New World Stages, New York, NY) & Disney Festival of Holidays (Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA).
He's considered "one of the nation's leading young Asian American directors" (Denver Post) and since September 2012, has been the Artistic Director of Second Generation (2g). Under his direction, 2g has performed at The New Ohio, Joe's Pub, La Mama, 54 Below, 2ST, and mentored hundreds of first-time writers through the "Community Voices" Playwrighting Program with Stuyvesant High School, often cited as the #1 public high school in the nation.
"A global creator for the individualist and no style, culture or trend is off limits" (Rocktown Weekly), Maog first gained visibility in 2004 as one of six directors in the United States to receive the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Award. He has also received the Paula Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone Theatre Company, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Off Broadway's 2econd Stage Theatre, Sweet Briar Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) and The Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Enrichment with the Theatre Arts Project of San Joaquin County, where he served as Artistic Director at age twenty. He's a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and represented the United States as a delegate to the International Theatre Institute/UNESCO's 31st World Congress in Manila.
In 2013, he received the Mu Performing Arts/Jerome Foundation New Performance Program commission to write his first full-length play, tot: THE UNTOLD, YET SPECTACULAR STORY OF (a filipino) HULK HOGAN. It received its world premiere in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2016.
Local reviews of that staging noted that the play’s "themes … resonate deeply as America’s presidential election becomes a referendum on the demonization of immigrants" (City Pages); and that it is "emotionally striking" (Aisle Say Twin Cities) and "emotionally rewarding" (TalkinBroadway.com)."
He's also a much respected artist/educator who's worked at schools such as NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, James Madison University, West Virginia University, University of Miami, Delta State University and organizations including the American Theatre Wing, Theatre Development Fund, Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, MCC, and New Victory Theater. Maog served five summer seasons (2008-2012) as Director of Theater at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, CO -- the oldest such program in the country. There, he created the Original Works Initiative, leading to several world premieres and publications, and the P-M Winter Intensive at Juilliard.
Recent Teaching: NYU/Program in Educational Theatre (Guest Lecturer), Yale School of Drama (Guest Lecturer) and Brown/Trinity (MFA Directing Mentor).
Recognized nationally for his leadership and innovation, he's an inaugural participant in the SPARK Leadership Program, funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.
Currently, he is President of the Board of Directors for CAATA (Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists), developing and mounting the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival with recent institutional partners: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Victory Gardens Theater, and DePaul University.
Victor Malana Maog was born in the Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School with a concentration in Global Leadership and Performance Studies.