Stuart Carden is a Chicago based freelance director specializing in new plays, devised works, ensemble generated projects and actor/musician driven theatrical storytelling.

As the Associate Artistic Director of Writers Theatre from 2009-2014, Stuart helped lead the theatre's Literary Development Initiative landing and facilitating projects ranging from the U.S. Premiere of Conor McPherson's The Dance of Death to introducing Chicagoland to PigPen Theatre Co. with The Old Man and The Old Moon. Prior to Writers, Stuart spent two years as the Associate Artistic Director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh. 

As an educator, Stuart has taught classes and workshops in acting, directing, movement and collaboration at Carnegie Mellon University, Loyola University, Lake Forest College, University of Wisconsin, The Hartt School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Beloit College, College of DuPage, Act One Conservatory and The Vagabond School.

Stuart lives in Chicago's South Loop with his wife, contemporary art curator, Neysa Page-Lieberman and their twins Dashiell and Griffin. He is a proud alum of Carnegie Mellon University's M.F.A. Directing program and a member of SDC.