Des McAnuff Biography

Gender: Male

Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, How to Succeed..., The Who's Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend), A Walk in the Woods, Big River. Stratford: Jesus Christ Superstar, TwelfthNight, As You Like It, The Tempest, Macbeth, ...Forum, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where as Artistic Director he directed over 30 productions; the new musical Doctor Zhivago throughout Australia and currently in South Korea. Opera: Faust (Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera), Wozzeck (San Diego).

Film: Cousin Bette and Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer) and Quills (executive producer). Stratford's Caesar and Cleopatra, The Tempest (both with Christopher Plummer), and Twelfth Night were filmed for theatrical and DVD release. Two-time Tony, Olivier award-winner; honorary doctorate, Ryerson University; the Drama League's Julia Hansen Award for lifetime achievement in directing.