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Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T., where her directing credits include: Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera (premiered in Monaco in September 2010), Johnny Baseball, Best of Both Worlds and The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway.

Her recent theater credits include The Public Theater's revival of Hair on Broadway (2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical, nominated for eight Tony Awards including Best Director, as well as winner of a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Musical). Other recent work includes Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic). Opera credits include Il Mondo Della Luna (Gotham Chamber Opera at the Hayden Planetarium), Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn Of The Screw, Cosi fan tutte; and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Orfeo at the Chicago Opera Theater. Diane is a Professor of the Practice of Theater at Harvard University.

Paulus was recently named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Boston" by Boston Magazine and received the 2011 Elliot Norton Award for Best Director for her work on Prometheus Bound, Johnny Baseball and Hair.

She is a recent recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory.

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Diane Paulus STAGE CREDITS

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Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1981
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Diane Paulus Productions

 
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[West End, 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
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[Boston, 2018]
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[US Tour, 2017]
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[Broadway, 2016]
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[Off-Broadway, 2015]
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[Boston, 2015]
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[US Tour, 2014]
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[Broadway, 2013]
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[Broadway, 2011]
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[US Tour, 2010]
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[New York, 2001]
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Diane Paulus Awards and Nominations


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill

Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Direction of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill

Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Pippin

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Pippin

Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Direction of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Pippin


winner
Drama League Awards - 2012 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

Diane Paulus

Tony Awards - 2012 - Best Direction of a Musical

Diane Paulus, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Hair

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Hair

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Direction of a Musical

Diane Paulus, Hair

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Diane Paulus News


Bishop Arts Theatre to Present FANNIE: THE MUSIC & LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER


Bishop Arts Theatre Center will continue its 30th Anniversary season with the Regional premiere of Cheryl West’s Fannie: The Music & Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a collaborative production with Dallas Theater Center. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Desi Oakley to Lead WAITRESS at Ogunquit Playhouse


Ogunquit Playhouse has revealed the cast of their first production of their 2024 season, Waitress. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

Rachel Zegler & Kit Connor Tease ROMEO & JULIET Casting


Rachel Zegler (Steven Spielberg's West Side Story) and Kit Connor (Netflix's Heartstopper) have teased on Instagram that the duo will star as Juliet and Romeo respectively in an upcoming project.

JAGGED LITTLE PILL To Complete US Tour At Hanover Theater In April


Catch the acclaimed A.R.T. musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL before it wraps up its US tour, and learn how to get tickets while reading about the end of the touring production.

Rachel Bay Jones, Kavita Shah, And More To Perform At Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner


The Hermitage Artist Retreat has announced Tony Award winner Rachel Bay Jones and returning Hermitage Fellow Kavita Shah will perform at the 2024 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner on Sunday, April 14th.

MRS. KRISHNAN'S PARTY & More Lead Boston's April 2024 Top Theatre Shows


Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Selections for April 2024 include Mrs. Krishnan's Party, Jagged Little Pill and more!

Meet the Cast of CABARET AT THE KIT KAT CLUB, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway


The Kit Kat Club is now open! Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, starring Academy Award and Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne and introducing Gayle Rankin, begins previews tonight, April 1, at the August Wilson Theatre. Meet the cast of Cabaret here!

Viral Choreographers Cost n' Mayor Set For Productions of WAITRESS at La Mirada and Ogunquit


BroadwayWorld has learned that viral TikTok dancers Austin and Marideth Telenko will choreograph productions of Waitress at La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles for McCoy Rigby Entertainment and Ogunquit Playhouse this season.

Review Round-up: JAGGED LITTLE PILL, THE 39 STEPS, MRS. KRISHNAN'S PARTY and THE REVOLUTIONISTS


In the aftermath of experiencing the Nashville premiere of Jagged Little Pill — the musical inspired by and featuring music from Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album of the same name, other songs written by her and including two created expressly for the production, and featuring a compelling, biting and challenging book by Diablo Cody — one cannot help but lament the show’s abbreviated three-performance run at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.

Photos: Eddie Redmayne, Gayle Rankin, and More Arrive at Opening Night of DOUBT


See photos of Eddie Redmayne, Gayle Rankin, Rupert Friend, Nathan Lane, and more arriving on the red carpet of the opening night celebration of Doubt here!

Review: Compelling transitions abound in A.R.T.'s BECOMING A MAN


What did our critic think of BECOMING A MAN at Loeb Drama Center?

A STRANGE LOOP & More Lead Boston's Spring 2024 Top Theatre Shows


Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Selections for Spring 2024 include A Strange Loop and more!

Diane Paulus-Directed ROMEO AND JULIET Will Open at A.R.T. in September


A new production of Romeo and Juliet is headed to American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University this September! The production will be directed by A.R.T.’s Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Diane Paulus and feature movement direction and choreography by two-time Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Interview: Audra McDonald talks about AN EVENING WITH AUDRA MCDONALD, her role in 'Rustin' and more


When it comes to concerts, Audra McDonald says she’s learned to choose a song list that really appeals to her. And she’s done just that for her current tour, which will bring her to Symphony Hall for her eighth appearance with the Celebrity Series of Boston, this time with an orchestra of local musicians, on February 27.

Photos: First Look At BECOMING A MAN At American Repertory Theater


See first look photos of Becoming A Man at American Repertory Theater, a world premiere play about one man's gender transition amid a pivotal political moment in America. From acclaimed memoirist P. Carl and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Becoming a Man is a story about the courage-and the community-we need to become ourselves.

San Francisco Opera Announces 2024�"25 Season Including CARMEN, LA BOHÈME and More


The 2024–25 Season includes six mainstage opera productions along with concert presentations including a one-night-only performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on October 26, honoring the work's 200th anniversary and, in the summer of 2025, a special Pride Concert celebrating San Francisco's LGBTQIA+ community.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, PIPPIN & More Set for Garden Theatre's 2024-2025 Season


The Garden Theatre has revealed the 2024-2025 Broadway on Plant Theatre Season, running from July 2024 - June 2025. See which shows are being presented, and learn how to purchase tickets.

American Dance Guild Festival Returns To Ailey Citigroup This Month


The American Dance Guild Festival returns to Ailey Citigroup Theater from Feb. 22-25, featuring works by 30 contemporary choreographers and honoring Joan Miller, Ron K. Brown/Evidence, and Celia Ipiotis/Eye on Dance. Don't miss this celebration of modern dance innovation.

Spring Improv Classes Come to Vivid Stage


Vivid Stage is offering a new season of improv classes for adults this spring. The next session, which includes three different classes, begins on March 5. Learn more about the lineup here!

Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for BECOMING A. MAN at the A.R.T.


The newest A.R.T. world-premiere play is about one man’s gender transition amid a pivotal political moment in America. Go inside rehearsals for Becoming a Man in this video.

Diane Paulus FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Diane Paulus written?

Diane Paulus has written 3 shows including The Donkey Show: A Midsummer Night's Disco (Creator), Eli's Comin' (Playwright), Swimming with Watermelons (Conceiver).

What awards has Diane Paulus been nominated for?

Diane Paulus has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Jagged Little Pill," Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Jagged Little Pill," Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Pippin," Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Pippin," Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Pippin," Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards, Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Hair," Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Hair," and Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Hair."

What awards has Diane Paulus won?

Diane Paulus has won the Outstanding Director of a Musical award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Jagged Little Pill" and the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League Awards.

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