Anna D. Shapiro

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Anna D. Shapiro BIO

Anna D. Shapiro joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 2005 and became Artistic Director in 2015. She was awarded the 2008 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for August: Osage County (Steppenwolf, Broadway, London), and was nominated in 2011 in the same category for The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Public Theatre, Labyrinth Theater). Other directing credits at Steppenwolf include Visiting Edna, Mary Page Marlowe, Three Sisters, A Parallelogram, Up, The Crucible, The Unmentionables (also at Yale Repertory Theatre), The Pain and the Itch (also in New York), I Never Sang for My Father, Man from Nebraska, Purple Heart (also in Galway, Ireland), The Drawer Boy, Side Man (also in Ireland, Australia and Vail, Colorado), Three Days of Rain, The Infidel and This is Our Youth (which transferred to Broadway). Other Broadway credits include Of Mice and Men (with James Franco) and Fish in the Dark (with Larry David). Off-Broadway credits include Domesticated (Lincoln Center). Shapiro is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Columbia. She is a full professor in Northwestern University's Department of Theatre.

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[Broadway, 2023]
[Broadway, 2022]
[Chicago, 2021]
[Broadway, 2018]
[Chicago, 2017]
[Chicago, 2016]
[Broadway, 2015]
[Broadway, 2014]
[Broadway, 2014]
[Broadway, 2011]
[Broadway, 2007]
[Off-Broadway, 2006]
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
[Off-Broadway, 1994]

Anna D. Shapiro Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play

Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Tony Awards - 2008 - Best Direction of a Play

Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County

Anna D. Shapiro Videos

Anna D. Shapiro News

Meet a Marketer: John Zinn, Marketing Consultant - Steppenwolf

John Zinn is a free-lance arts marketing consultant and producer. He was Director of Marketing and Communications at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago for 7 years and has worked with the company in some capacity for a total of 15 years.

Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs & More to Join The Drama League EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Get ready for a night of incredible performances at The Drama League 'Embrace The Season' Gala. Join Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs, and other talented artists as they take the stage for an unforgettable evening. Don't miss out on this star-studded event!

Workshop Production of COME HERE TO ME to be Presented at Theater Lab

The Mill Theatre and Theaterlab present a workshop production of Come Here to Me, a new play by Dianne Nora and directed by Jaclyn Biskup. Performances begin November 1st, running through November 5th.

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis & More To Join The Drama League's EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis, Danny Burstein, and more will be performing at The Drama League's 'Embrace The Season' Gala.

Jerry Mitchell Will Direct West End Production Of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

BroadwayWorld has learned Jerry Mitchell will direct the West End production of The Devil Wears Prada, replacing Anna D. Shapiro who directed the world premiere at Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre. Prior to the West End run, the show will have its UK premiere at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The Brick Announces New Interim Associate Artistic Director and Box Office Manager

The Brick Theater has announced the appointment of Jaclyn Biskup (she/her), as Interim Associate Artistic Director and Managing Director. Cameron Stuart (he/him) also joins as Box Office Manager.

Works From Britton Smith, Kate Douglas & More to be Featured in Second Stage Theater's 2023 New Voices Series

Second Stage Theater is continuing its commitment to nurturing American playwrights with THE 2023 JUDITH CHAMPION READING SERIES and the inaugural NANCY DENOVAN MUSICAL READING. 

Lisa Lawer Post Named Interim Executive Director of Second Stage Theater

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President and Artistic Director) has announced that Lisa Lawer Post has been named Interim Executive Director at Second Stage Theater. Ms. Post will officially join the award-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway institution on February 27, 2023.   Current Executive Director Khady Kamara will depart the company at the end of the month.

D'Arcy Carden, Katie Finneran, Scott Foley & Chris Sullivan Will Lead THE THANKSGIVING PLAY on Broadway

Second Stage Theater has just announced the cast for its upcoming production of Larissa FastHorse’s play, THE THANKSGIVING PLAY. Find out all the details about who will star in the new play!

Rialto Chatter: Jerry Mitchell Will Direct THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA London Run

Broadway director Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Pretty Woman, Hairspray) will direct a London production of The Devil Wears Prada following a Chicago Pre-Broadway engagement.

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Adds Four Simulcast Viewings

Due to popular demand, Second Stage Theater has added four simulcast performances of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY. See details about the performances, and learn how to purchase tickets!

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY & Imagine Justice To Host Justice Nights on Broadway

Second Stage Theater will partner with Common and his not-for-profit, Imagine Justice, to host “Justice Nights On Broadway” following the matinee performances of Between Riverside and Crazy at The Hayes Theater on Saturday, February 11th and Saturday, February 18th 2023.

Michael R. Jackson & Common to Join Second Stage Theater's Winter's Ball

Second Stage Theater will host a Winter’s Ball geared towards young professionals and arts patrons, featuring Michael R. Jackson and Common. The fundraising event will take place on Monday, February 27 at The Pierre Hotel. See

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT Chicago Premiere to be Presented at Steppenwolf Theatre in March

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will continue its 47th season with ensemble member Rajiv Joseph’s Chicago premiere of Describe the Night, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton.


Gary Perez has joined the cast of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, directed by Austin Pendleton.  Mr. Perez assumed the role of Lieutenant Caro on January 20, 2023.

Steppenwolf Theatre Mourns Longtime Ensemble Member Frank Galati

​​​​​​​Steppenwolf Theatre Company today mourns the loss of longtime ensemble member, actor, director and adaptor Frank Galati, who died Monday evening in Florida at the age of 79. Galati, who joined the Steppenwolf ensemble in 1985, won two Tony Awards in 1990 for his adaptation and direction of Steppenwolf's pivotal production of The Grapes of Wrath on Broadway.

Cast Announced for DESCRIBE THE NIGHT Chicago Premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company will continue its 47th season with ensemble member Rajiv Joseph’s Chicago premiere of Describe the Night, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton. See who is starring in the production!

New Ohio Theatre to Present NOW IN PROCESS 2023 in February

The shows, conceived and produced by a diverse group of NYC-based artists, are Untitled Ukraine Project by The Mill (Feb 1-2), Embodied by Jaime Sunwoo / Free Rein Projects (Feb 4-5), Rubalee by Caborca (Feb 8-9), and Longing Lights by Deniz Khateri and Bahar Royaee (Feb 11-12).

Tickets for BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Live Simulcast Viewings on Sale Tomorrow

Tickets will go on sale for Second Stage Theater's simulcast performances of its Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, directed by Austin Pendleton on Friday, November 11 at 12pm EST. 

Director Anna D. Shapiro, Producer Leelai Demoz, Actor Ian Barford, and Investor Brad Keywell Launch Highwire Media

Tony Award-winning director Anna Shapiro (August: Osage County), Oscar-nominated producer Leelai Demoz (On Tip-Toe), Tony Award-nominated actor/writer Ian Barford (Linda Vista) and entrepreneur Brad Keywell (Groupon, WNDR Museum) have teamed up to create multimedia venture Highwire Media, an artist-first production company that is developing and producing projects across film, theater, and television.


Anna D. Shapiro has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "The Minutes," "Domesticated," and "Motherf**cker With the Hat." She was also nominated for Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "The Motherf**ker with the Hat," "August: Osage County," and "Osage County." Additionally, Shapiro received a nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Domesticated" and "Osage County."

Anna D. Shapiro has won several awards for her work as a director. She won the Outstanding Director of a Play award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work on "August: Osage County." She also won the Best Direction of a Play award from the Tony Awards for the same production. Additionally, Shapiro received the Outstanding Director of a Play award from the Drama Desk Awards for her work on "Osage County."

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