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George C. Wolfe

Birth Place: Frankfort, KY, USA

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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.

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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


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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play

George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart


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Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Director of a Play

George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Direction of a Play

George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart


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Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director - Musical

George C. Wolfe, Caroline, or Change


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Drama League Awards - 2004 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

George C. Wolfe


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Obie Awards - 2004 - Special Citations for his stewardship of the Public Theater

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


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Obie Awards - 2002 - Direction

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


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Drama League Awards - 1996 - Distinguished Achivement in Musical Theatre

George C. Wolfe


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Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Direction of a Musical

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


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1994 - Best Director - Play

George C. Wolfe, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1994 - Best Director - Play

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


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Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Direction of a Play

George C. Wolfe , Angels in America: Millennium Approaches


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Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Book of a Musical

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


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Obie Awards - 1990 - Direction

George C. Wolfe, Spunk

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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?

George C. Wolfe has been nominated for various awards throughout his career. These include nominations for Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for productions such as "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus," "The Iceman Cometh," and "Lucky Guy." He has also received nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for "Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed." Additionally, Wolfe has been recognized with nominations for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for works like "The Normal Heart" and "Topdog / Underdog." His nominations also extend to accolades like Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Outstanding Book of a Musical for productions such as "Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk," "The Wild Party," and "Jelly's Last Jam." Wolfe's contributions have earned him accolades like the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards and Special Citations for his stewardship of the Public Theater at the Obie Awards.

What awards has George C. Wolfe won?

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

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