IRVING, JULES ° (Jules Israel ; 1925–1979), U.S. theatrical director. Born in New York, Irving was professor of drama at San Francisco State College. In the early 1950s he co-founded – with his wife, actress Priscilla Pointer, Beatrice Manley, and Herbert *Blau – the Actors' Workshop, which represented the United States at the Brussels Exposition of 1958. In 1965 he and Blau were named directors of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater, New York. When Blau resigned in 1967, Irving continued as sole director until 1973.
On Broadway, Irving directed such plays as The Country Wife (1966); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1966); Galileo (1967); The Little Foxes (1967); Tiger at the Gates (1968); A Cry of Players (1968); Camino Real (1970); An Enemy of the People (1971); Man of La Mancha (1972); and A Streetcar Named Desire (1973). He was the father of actress Amy *Irving, director David Irving, and singer Katie Irving, and the brother of producer/director Richard Irving.
[Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]