Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

David Esbjornson

 

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Boston, 2015]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[West End, 2011]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Artistic Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Artistic Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Artistic Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Artistic Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Scenic Designer
Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Artistic Director
Director
Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Artistic Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Artistic Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Director
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2003]
Director

Photos

Paul Slade Smith (Playwright) and David Esbjornson (Director) Photo

Paul Slade Smith (Playwright) and David Esbjornson (Director)

From: 
Date:
01/29/2018
Elizabeth Hope Clancy and David Esbjornson Photo

Elizabeth Hope Clancy and David Esbjornson

From: 
Date:
01/29/2018
Elizabeth Hope Clancy and David Esbjornson Photo

Elizabeth Hope Clancy and David Esbjornson

From: 
Date:
01/29/2018
Mike Houston, Manoel Felciano, Paul Slade Smith, Erin Noel Grennan, Julia Duffy, Burk Photo

Mike Houston, Manoel Felciano, Paul Slade Smith, Erin Noel Grennan, Julia Duffy, Burke Moses, Kelley Curran , David Esbjornson, Elizabeth Hope Clancy and Lenny Wolpe

From: 
Date:
01/29/2018
Mark S. Hoebee, Paul Slade Smith David Esbjornson and Todd Schmidt Photo

Mark S. Hoebee, Paul Slade Smith David Esbjornson and Todd Schmidt

From: 
Date:
01/29/2018

 

Stage

Productions

[Boston, 2015]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Director

[West End, 2011]
Director

[Broadway, 2010]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Broadway, 2000]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Artistic Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Artistic Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Artistic Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Artistic Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director

Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Scenic Designer

Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Artistic Director

Director

Designer

[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Artistic Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Artistic Director

Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Director

Scenic Designer

[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1988]
Director

[Broadway, 2003]
Director


David Esbjornson Awards and Nominations

 
Obie Awards - 2009 - Special Citations Gold Star
David Esbjornson, Hamlet
 
Obie Awards - 1998 - Direction Gold Star
David Esbjornson, Therese Raquin
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Director - Play
David Esbjornson, Iphigenia and Other Daughters
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Director - Play
David Esbjornson, Iphigenia and Other Daughters

David Esbjornson News

Theatre for a New Audience Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring New York Premieres, Sha Photo Theatre for a New Audience Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring New York Premieres, Shakespeare Plays & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 26, 2022

Theatre for a New Audience has announced its 2022-23 season, its 43rd, held at TFANA’s home, Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.

Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, May 3- with Lily Rabe, Charlayne Woodard, and More! Photo Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, May 3- with Lily Rabe, Charlayne Woodard, and More!
by Nicole Rosky - May 3, 2021

Today (May 3) in live streaming: Charlayne Woodard is Live at the Lortel, Lily Rabe is exploring Shakespeare, and more!

The Guthrie Theater to Present IN THE HEIGHTS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More in 2020‚Ä"2 Photo The Guthrie Theater to Present IN THE HEIGHTS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and More in 2020‚Ä"2021 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 11, 2020

The Guthrie Theater today announced the 11 productions of its 2020-2021 mainstage season: No√ęl Coward's hot-blooded comedy Private Lives; Red Hot Patriot, a whip-smart one-woman show starring Kathleen Turner

Danielle Brooks To Lead Cast Of Shakespeare In The Park MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Photo Danielle Brooks To Lead Cast Of Shakespeare In The Park MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 8, 2019

Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, the beloved comedy will officially open on Tuesday, June 11 and will run through Sunday, June 23.

Public Theater's 2019 Shakespeare in the Park Season Will Include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTH Photo Public Theater's 2019 Shakespeare in the Park Season Will Include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, CORIOLANUS and HERCULES!
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 6, 2019

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced the line-up today for the 2019 Free Shakespeare in the Park season, continuing a 57-year tradition of free theater in Central Park. Since 1962, over five million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals at the Delacorte Theater. Conceived by founder Joseph Papp as a way to make great theater accessible to all, The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park continues to be the bedrock of the Company's mission to increase access and engage the community.

Kathleen Turner Stars In RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS In NYC Photo Kathleen Turner Stars In RED HOT PATRIOT: THE KICK-ASS WIT OF MOLLY IVINS In NYC
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 17, 2018

TSG Theatricals announces the developmental reading of "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" by Allison and Margaret Engel at the Tony Kiser Theater on Monday, November 5 at 7pm.

ACT Announces New Artistic and Conservatory Employees Photo ACT Announces New Artistic and Conservatory Employees
by Julie Musbach - Jul 19, 2018

Today, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon announced the appointment of three new employees to fill key positions within the Artistic and Conservatory departments at San Francisco's premier nonprofit theater organization-Joy Meads as Director of Dramaturgy and New Works; Peter J. Kuo as Associate Conservatory Director; andDanyon Davis as Head of Movement.

Milwaukee Rep's PTI Ensemble Performs LOST GIRL Photo Milwaukee Rep's PTI Ensemble Performs LOST GIRL
by Julie Musbach - May 14, 2018

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents the World Premiere production of Lost Girl by Kimberly Belflower performed by the 2017/18 Professional Training Institute (PTI) ensemble this July 19-22, 2018 in the Stiemke Studio.  PTI is an advanced actor-training program for students in 8th-12th grade who may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater artist.   The 2017/18 PTI ensemble features sixteen students hailing from fourteen different high schools who received free training from some of the top theater professionals in the world, culminating in this capstone performance  of Lost Girl where they will be employed as paid, professional actors.

Kathleen Chalfant To Receive Obie Award For Lifetime Achievement Photo Kathleen Chalfant To Receive Obie Award For Lifetime Achievement
by Julie Musbach - May 7, 2018

The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice announce that Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant will receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 63rd Annual Obie Awards.

Bristol Riverside Theatre Makes 2018-2019 Season Announcement Photo Bristol Riverside Theatre Makes 2018-2019 Season Announcement
by Julie Musbach - Apr 5, 2018

Bristol Riverside Theatre announces its 2018-2019 season including a world premiere musical, a Neil Simon comedy, an American classic, a one-woman tour-de-force, and a stirring contemporary drama by an Obie Award-winning playwright.  The new season features The Rivals with book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by Stephen Weiner; The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon; On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson; Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End; and The Christians by Lucas Hnath.

David Esbjornson Videos

VIDEO: Lenny Wolpe Stars in THE OUTSIDER at Paper Mill Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Lenny Wolpe Stars in THE OUTSIDER at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Jan 26, 2018

In politics, the less you know, the higher you'll go! At once a razor-sharp satire and an inspirational tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious send-up of modern American politics, written by Paul Smith and directed by David Esbjornson.

VIDEO: Take a First Look at Paper Mill Playhouse's Hilarious THE OUTSIDER! VideoVIDEO: Take a First Look at Paper Mill Playhouse's Hilarious THE OUTSIDER!
by Leah Windahl - Jan 25, 2018

THE OUTSIDER, a new play by Paul Slade Smith, is set to open this week at the Paper Mill Playhouse. This hilarious satire follows Ned Newley, perhaps the most unlikely candidate ever, who is suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the role of Governor.

VIDEO: Meet the Candidate Everybody's Talking About: Ned Newley VideoVIDEO: Meet the Candidate Everybody's Talking About: Ned Newley
by Stage Tube - Jan 11, 2018

Ned Newley may be an outsider, but that's not going to stop him from taking over the political world...or is it? Get to know him a little better in this campaign video!

VIDEO: New Jersey Governors Unite to Not Endorse OUTSIDER Ned Newley VideoVIDEO: New Jersey Governors Unite to Not Endorse OUTSIDER Ned Newley
by Stage Tube - Jan 9, 2018

An unprecedented event has happened in New Jersey. New Jersey Governors, past, present and future have teamed up to...not support a new candidate? Ned Newley is an outsider and clearly his colleagues in politics are a bit suspicious! Watch Chris Christie, Phil Murphy, Christie Todd Whitman, Jim McGreevey, Tom Kean, Jon Corzine, Don Difrancesco and Richard Codey tell it like it is.

VIDEO: Geffen Playhouse Remembers
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2017

The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles remembers productions through the years. From renowned shows of American classics and new plays to Education and Community Programs that extend the joy of live theater well beyond its four walls, the Geffen Playhouse is a lively hub and vital force within the cultural life of Los Angeles.

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
by Stage Tube - Sep 9, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company welcomes Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman alongside Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. Adapted for the stage from the William Rose's Academy Award-winning screenplay by Todd Kreidler (Holler If Ya Hear Me on Broadway, August Wilson's longtime dramaturg) and directed by David Esbjornson (All My Sons at the Huntington and Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway), this funny and poignant stage adaptation of the award-winning 1967 film opens tomorrow, September 10. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team, plus watch an invite from Warner to see the show!

STAGE TUBE: Trailer - Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in DRIVING MISS DAISY, In Theaters Today
by Stage Tube - Jun 4, 2014

With esteemed careers spanning 60 to 70 years long, actors Dame Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones will bring the magic of the stage to movie theaters across the country this June. Screenvision and Broadway Near You have partnered to make the stage production of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Driving Miss Daisy available in more than 500 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning today, June 4. Click below to watch a trailer for the production!

STAGE TUBE: Angela Lansbury Chats DRIVING MISS DAISY, Coming to Movie Theaters 6/4
by Stage Tube - Jun 2, 2014

Broadway's Angela Lansbury just sat for a special Q&A in the UK to talk about her recent production of DRIVING MISS DAISY, in which she starred oppoiste James Earl Jones. The play is heading to movie screens across the country this Wednesday, June 4. Check out Lansbury's appearance below!

VIDEO: James Earl Jones, Boyd Gaines Talk DRIVING MISS DAISY Coming to Movie Theaters
by Caryn Robbins - May 30, 2014

Broadway actors James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about their theatrical production of 'Driving Miss Daisy' heading to movie screens across the country this June. Check out the appearance below!

STAGE TUBE: Trailer - Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones in DRIVING MISS DAISY, Coming to Theaters in June!
by Stage Tube - May 8, 2014

With esteemed careers spanning 60 to 70 years long, actors Dame Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones will bring the magic of the stage to movie theaters across the country this June. Screenvision and Broadway Near You have partnered to make the stage production of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Driving Miss Daisy available in more than 500 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning June 4. Click below to watch a trailer for the production!


David Esbjornson Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has David Esbjornson been nominated for?
Special Citations (Obie Awards) for Hamlet , Direction (Obie Awards) for Therese Raquin Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Iphigenia and Other Daughters and Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Iphigenia and Other Daughters .

What awards has David Esbjornson won?
Special Citations (Obie Awards) for Hamletand Direction (Obie Awards) for Therese Raquin.