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George C. Wolfe

 
Birth Place:
Frankfort, KY, USA
Bio:
Theatre directing credits include The Iceman Cometh, Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (NY Drama Critics' Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Musical); Lucky Guy; The Normal Heart (Drama Desk); Jelly's Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Frankfort, KY, USA

Bio:
Theatre directing credits include The Iceman Cometh, Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (NY Drama Critics' Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Musical); Lucky Guy; The Normal Heart (Drama Desk); Jelly's Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics ... (read complete bio)

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Theatre Marquee unveiling for the Taylor Mac Comedy "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronic Photo

Theatre Marquee unveiling for the Taylor Mac Comedy "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus" starring Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin with direction by George C. Wolfe at the Booth Theatre on February 8, 2019 in New York City.

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12/28/2019
Honoree Mary K Klinger and Tony Award Winning Director and Playwright George C. Wolfe Photo

Honoree Mary K Klinger and Tony Award Winning Director and Playwright George C. Wolfe

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10/07/2019
George C. Wolfe and Hal Prince attends the 16th Annual Monte Cristo Award ceremony ho Photo

George C. Wolfe and Hal Prince attends the 16th Annual Monte Cristo Award ceremony honoring George C. Wolfe presented by The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center at Edison Ballroom on May 9, 2016 in New York City.

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08/06/2019

 

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George C. Wolfe Biography

Theatre directing credits include The Iceman Cometh, Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (NY Drama Critics' Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Musical); Lucky Guy; The Normal Heart (Drama Desk); Jelly's Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Tony Award and Drama Desk) and Perestroika (Drama Desk); Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (Tony and Drama League Award); Topdog/Underdog (Obie Award); Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Drama Desk); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Tony for Special Theatrical Event); The Tempest; Caroline, or Change (Olivier Award Best Musical); and A Free Man of Color.
From 1993-2005 Wolfe was the Producer of The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. He is the writer of the award-winning The Colored Museum, Shuffle Along..., he directed/adapted Spunk (Obie), and Harlem Song.
Wolfe directed and co-wrote the HBO film "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," as well as "Lackawanna Blues," for which he earned The Directors Guild Award and a National Board of Review Award.
He is the Chief Creative Officer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and from 2009-2017 served on The President's Committee for the Arts and the Humanities.
Additional awards include the Actors' Equity Paul Robeson Award, Society of Directors and Choreographers' Mr. Abbott and Callaway Awards, The Dramatists Guild's Hull-Warriner Award, The NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, The Brendan Gill Prize, and The Monte Cristo Award.
Wolfe was named a Library Lion by the New York Public Library and a living landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

George C. Wolfe Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Direction of a Play
George C. Wolfe, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Direction of a Play
George C. Wolfe, The Iceman Cometh
 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Book of a Musical
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Direction of a Musical
George C. Wolfe, Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Direction of a Play
George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
 
Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play
George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Caroline, or Change
 
Drama League Awards - 2004 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Gold Star
George C. Wolfe
 
Obie Awards - 2004 - Special Citations for his stewardship of the Public Theater Gold Star
George C. Wolfe
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
George C. Wolfe, Caroline
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Direction of a Musical
George C. Wolfe, Caroline, or Change
 
Obie Awards - 2002 - Direction Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Topdog / Underdog
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Director of a Play
George C. Wolfe, Topdog / Underdog
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Book of a Musical
George C. Wolfe, The Wild Party
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Musical
George C. Wolfe, The Wild Party
 
Drama League Awards - 1996 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
George C. Wolfe
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Musical
George C. Wolfe, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
George C. Wolfe, Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1994 - Best Director - Play Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1994 - Best Director - Play Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Angels in America
 
Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Direction of a Play
George C. Wolfe , Angels in America: Perestroika
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Director - Pla
George C. Wolfe, Angels in America
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
George C. Wolfe , Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Book of a Musical Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Director - Musical
George C. Wolfe, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Book of a Musical
George C. Wolfe, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Direction of a Musical
George C. Wolfe , Jelly's Last Jam
 
Obie Awards - 1990 - Direction Gold Star
George C. Wolfe, Spunk

George C. Wolfe News

Photos: First Look at THE COLORED MUSEUM at Loft Ensemble Photo Photos: First Look at THE COLORED MUSEUM at Loft Ensemble
by Stephi Wild - Jun 20, 2022

Loft Ensemble in North Hollywood has announced the final production of its ninth season, The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe.

George C. Wolfe's THE COLORED MUSEUM Opens This Weekend At Loft Ensemble Photo George C. Wolfe's THE COLORED MUSEUM Opens This Weekend At Loft Ensemble
by Stephi Wild - Jun 16, 2022

Directed by Jazmine Nichelle, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order), Antwan Alexander II, Cassandra Carmona, Bahasi Chapman, Dorothea Saint Fleur, Sean James, Zenarra James, Matt Lorenzo, Bianca Ostojich, Ravyne Demyra Payne, Jessica Perkins, Twon Marcel Pope, Quan'Darius, Jefferson Reid, and Katisha Sargeant.

Premiere of LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER to Open This Week at the Cherry Lane Theater Photo Premiere of LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER to Open This Week at the Cherry Lane Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 13, 2022

Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. will present the premiere of 'Lambs to Slaughter' by Khalil Kain Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater June 16 to July 3. Playwright Khalil Kain is a leading actor and well-known urban icon.

From the Winner's Circle: TAKE ME OUT Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks LGBTQ+ Visibili Photo From the Winner's Circle: TAKE ME OUT Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks LGBTQ+ Visibility and More!
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 12, 2022

Jesse Tyler Ferguson has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for TAKE ME OUT.

TAKE ME OUT's Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Ac Photo TAKE ME OUT's Jesse Tyler Ferguson Wins 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

Jesse Tyler Ferguson has won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for TAKE ME OUT.

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by Stephi Wild - Jun 12, 2022

Negro Ensemble Company to Present LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER at Cherry Lane Theatre Photo Negro Ensemble Company to Present LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER at Cherry Lane Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 7, 2022

During the Covid-19 pandemic, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) has been developing 'Lambs to Slaughter' by Khalil Kain, a new play with poetry and music, under the direction of Reginald L. Douglas. Khalil Kain is an urban icon who is renowned for his performances in the 1992 crime thriller 'Juice,' the UPN/CW sitcom 'Girlfriends' (2001-2008) and the title role in the Showtime biopic 'The Tiger Woods Story.'

VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson on (Finally!) Being Invited to the Tonys Party Photo VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson on (Finally!) Being Invited to the Tonys Party
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 7, 2022

Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been a treasured member of the Broadway community since his debut in the 1998 revival on On the Town. This season he returns to the stage as 'Mason' in Second Stage's revival of Take Me Out, in a performance which has earned him a career first- a Tony nomination!

Joe Papp, Founder of The Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park, Believed Gr Photo Joe Papp, Founder of The Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park, Believed Great Art is for All
by - Jun 2, 2022

Special Offer - Joe Papp, founder of The Public Theater and Free Shakespeare in the Park, believed great art is for all.

Billy Porter & Luke Evans to Star in OUR SON Custody Battle Film Photo Billy Porter & Luke Evans to Star in OUR SON Custody Battle Film
by Michael Major - Jun 2, 2022

Bill Oliver will direct the film, featuring a script that he co-wrote with Peter Nickowitz. Fernando Loureiro and Guilherme Coelho will produce the new film through their company, Tigress, with additional casting and a distrubtor to be announced.

George C. Wolfe Videos

VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson on (Finally!) Being Invited to the Tonys Party VideoVIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson on (Finally!) Being Invited to the Tonys Party
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 7, 2022

Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been a treasured member of the Broadway community since his debut in the 1998 revival on On the Town. This season he returns to the stage as 'Mason' in Second Stage's revival of Take Me Out, in a performance which has earned him a career first- a Tony nomination!

BWW Exclusive: Creation of the Public Theater Explored in JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS VideoBWW Exclusive: Creation of the Public Theater Explored in JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS
by Michael Major - Jun 1, 2022

In an exclusive clip, watch how Joe Papp, the founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls…, turned a dilapidated building into what the Public Theater is today.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS on PBS VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS on PBS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Ahead of the 60th Anniversary Season of Free Shakespeare in The Park at New York City's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts tells the story of this indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts.

VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks TAKE ME OUT, BROADWAY RISING, and More on THE TONIG VideoVIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks TAKE ME OUT, BROADWAY RISING, and More on THE TONIGHT SHOW
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 30, 2022

Award-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss his starring role in Broadway's revival of TAKE ME OUT and more. Ferguson also shares details about fatherhood, including footage of his son. He shares a story with Fallon's special guest co-host, singer Shawn Mendes, about attending the Oscars party.

VIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM VideoVIDEO: First Look at Theater Latté Da's JELLY'S LAST JAM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

Theater Latté Da is presenting JELLY'S LAST JAM, the story of self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton. The area premiere production features an all Twin Cities-based cast including Reese Britts as Jelly Roll Morton and Andre Shoals as The Chimney Man.

VIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Dec 3, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Jose Llana, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, December 5 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series VideoVIDEO: Jose Llana Sings from COMPANY in Rehearsal for The Seth Concert Series
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 2, 2021

Jose Llana is the next guest on The Seth Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky! Watch him perform 'Being Alive' from Company in rehearsal for this weekend's concert.

VIDEO: Billy Porter Opens Up About New Memoir on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter Opens Up About New Memoir on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2021

Billy Porter appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss his new memoir, the final season of POSE, and his film directorial debut. Watch the full interview now!

VIDEO: Billy Porter on His Struggles Growing Up, Career Triumphs, and More on CBS SUN VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter on His Struggles Growing Up, Career Triumphs, and More on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2021

This morning, CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment on actor-dancer-singer-director and Broadway veteran Billy Porter. In the interview, Porter talks with correspondent Seth Doane about a childhood filled with years of rejection, doubt and abuse ‚Äď and about how he survived and triumphed.

VIDEO: Seth Meyers Pitches A New Broadway Musical to Nathan Lane VideoVIDEO: Seth Meyers Pitches A New Broadway Musical to Nathan Lane
by Stage Tube - Sep 17, 2021

Seth hilariously explained his new idea for 'Cicada, Cicada: the Musical' to Nathan Lane, which also features Christine Baranski and Harvey Fierstein.


George C. Wolfe Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has George C. Wolfe written?
George C. Wolfe has written 10 shows including Paradise! (Bookwriter/Lyricist), Paradise! (Bookwriter), Queenie Pie (Libretto), The Colored Museum (Playwright), Urban Blight (Bookwriter), Spunk:Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston (Adaptation), Jelly's Last Jam (Bookwriter), Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (Source Material), The Wild Party (Bookwriter), Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (Book Writer).

What awards has George C. Wolfe been nominated for?
Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Iceman Cometh , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Lucky Guy , Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Normal Heart , Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Normal Heart , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Normal Heart , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) , Special Citations for his stewardship of the Public Theater (Obie Awards) , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Caroline , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Direction (Obie Awards) for Topdog / Underdog , Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Topdog / Underdog , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Wild Party , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for The Wild Party , Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards) , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk , Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk , Best Director - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 , Best Director - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Angels in America , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Angels in America: Perestroika , Outstanding Director - Pla (Drama Desk Awards) for Angels in America , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches , Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam , Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam and Direction (Obie Awards) for Spunk .

What awards has George C. Wolfe won?
Best Direction of a Play (BroadwayWorld Awards) for The Normal Heart, Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Normal Heart, Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Caroline, or Change, Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards), Special Citations for his stewardship of the Public Theater (Obie Awards), Direction (Obie Awards) for Topdog / Underdog, Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre (Drama League Awards), Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk, Best Director - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Angels in America, Best Director - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Outstanding Book of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jamand Direction (Obie Awards) for Spunk.