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Frank Licato has been in the business for over 40 years.  He is currently Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works, a professional Equity theater in Hudson County, N.J., where he recently directed "Macbeth," “Of Mice and Men,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “3 Men,” “Jackson Is Gone,” “Bash” and “A Steady Rain,” which was named one of the ten best shows of 2017 by the Newark Star Ledger.

As an actor he has worked with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaiken and Peter Brook. He was named best actor in Boston for his performance in the American premiere of “Judgment.”   His performance in “Deathwatch” by Jean Genet, was called 'edgily alive,’ by Walter Kerr, in the Sunday NY Times.   (

Regionally he starred in the American premier of Carlos Fuentes’ “Orchids in the Moonlight,” at the American Repertory Theatre. He has also worked at Delaware Theatre Company, Boston Shakespeare Company and, most recently,  Luna Stage, where he originated the role of Rick in  the premier of Andrew Rosendorf’s “Tranquil.”

Film and TV appearances include Sidney Lumet’s “100 Centre Street” with Alan Arkin and “First Deadly Sin” with Frank Sinatra.  

As a director he received an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance as well as a Perry Award for Best Director for “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Chatham Playhouse. He was named Best Director by the Off-Broadway revue for his production of Sam Shepard’s “Seduced.”  He directed the "Small World" concert at Carnegie Hall with the Boys Choir of Harlem and his production of Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. His production of Robert Clem's "Fever" was voted a top 10 show at the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival. His production of "American Buffalo" traveled to Athens, Greece, where it ran for six months at the Elyze Theatre.  In 2009, his production of “On the Waterfront” was made into the award winning documentary, “Waiting for Budd.”

He is a member of the Playwright and Director Unit of the Actors Studio.