Gideon Lester (born 1972) is a performing arts curator, artistic director, educator, and dramaturg. He is currently Artistic Director for Theater and Dance at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Director of Bard's undergraduate Theater & Performance program. He also co-curates the interdisciplinary arts festival "Crossing the Line". He was Acting Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) from 2007 to 2009 and taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, where he created the Arts Collaboration Lab.
Lester was born in London in 1972 and studied English Literature at Oxford University. In 1995, he was awarded a Fulbright grant and Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to study dramaturgy at the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. He taught dramaturgy at the American Repertory Theatre and playwriting at Harvard.
He was the A.R.T.'s Associate Artistic Director from 2002 until 2006 and was Resident Dramaturg at the A.R.T. for five years prior. His stage translations include Marivaux's Island of Slaves (directed by Robert Woodruff at the A.R.T. in 2006) and La Dispute, Brecht's Mother Courage, Büchner's Woyzeck, and two texts by the French playwright Michel Vinaver, King and Overboard. His play Amerika or the Disappearance, adapted from Franz Kafka's first novel, was staged at the American Repertory Theatre in 2005, directed by Dominique Serrand. His other adaptations include Wings of Desire (A.R.T. and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2006), Anne Frank and Enter the Actress, a one-woman show that he devised for Claire Bloom.
Lester is the son of British politician and human rights barrister, Anthony Lester, Baron Lester of Herne Hill QC, and is the brother of barrister Maya Lester QC.