b. 25 June 1927, Lorain, Ohio, USA. After studying at Northwestern University Freedman began working on Broadway. First as assistant to the director, Jerome Robbins, he was with Bells Are Ringing (1956), and then again assistant to Robbins on West Side Story (1957 and its 1960 revival) and on Gypsy (1959). Freedman then directed The Gay Life (1961), staged the musical puppet show, Man In The Moon (1963), and a 1964 revival of West Side Story. In 1966 he wrote the book and lyrics for and also directed A Time For Singing.
From the late 60s and on through the following decade, most of the plays Freedman directed were non-musical, among them King Lear (1968), The Incomparable Max (1971), An American Millionaire (1974) and Mrs Warren’s Profession (1976). Amidst these were the musicals The Robber Bridegroom (1975 and again in 1976), The Grand Tour (1979) and a 1980 restaging of West Side Story. From 1985-98 Freedman was Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, which was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1962. Productions featured during this period, included Broadway (1987).