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.

Des McAnuff Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuffJesus Christ Superstar
Des McAnuffJersey Boys
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2010 - Best Direction of a Play
Des McAnuffThe Tempest
 
Olivier Awards - 2009 - Best Director
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys
 
Drama League Awards - 2006 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing
Des McAnuff
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys
 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys
 
Olivier Awards - 1997 - Best Director
Des McAnuff, Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1995 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Director - Musical
Des McAnuff -, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Book of a Musical
Des McAnuff, The Who's Tommy
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, The Who's Tommy
Des McAnuff, Big River
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Lyrics
Des McAnuff, Death of Von Richtofen Witnessed from Earth
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1983 - Outstanding Music
Des McAnuff, Death of Von Richtofen Witnessed from Earth

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