John Clinton Eisner

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, The Lark Theatre


John Clinton Eisner co-founded The Lark Theatre in 1994 as a community of theater professionals dedicated to the playwright’s vision. He has grown the Lark into an award-winning “think tank for the theater,” with local, national, and global reach. He divides his time between working directly with playwrights and creating strategies with artistic leaders in the United States and abroad to advance new plays into the repertoire. Trained as an actor, his transition to directing and producing began at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, the National Theatre of the Deaf, and many others. He co-founded Westerly Shakespeare in the Park in Rhode Island, now in its 25th season, and Plays in Progress, a program that eventually led to the formation of The Lark.