Gene Feist (born January 16, 1923, New York City) is an American playwright, theatre director and co-founder of the Roundabout Theater Company.
Feist is the author of fifteen plays or adaptations, of which two were published by Samuel French Inc. — James Joyce's Dublin and The Lady from Maxim's.
He married stage actress Irma "Kathe" Schneider (February 26, 1928 — March 7, 2005; known professionally as Elizabeth Owens) on February 10, 1957; they had two daughters.
They revived the New Theater in Nashville, Tennessee, and, in 1965, Gene and Kathe Feist founded the Roundabout Theatre Company, first located in the basement of a supermarket building owned by the housing development in Manhattan where the Feists lived, known as Penn South. Owens appeared in more than 30 plays over the next 25 years. Gene Feist remains as the Roundabout's Founding Director.
Kathe Feist died from breast cancer, aged 77, on March 7, 2005. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, a grandson and a granddaughter.