John Tillinger

Birth Place: IRAN

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Broadway: Absurd Person Singular with Paxton Whitehead and Deborah Rush; Say Goodnight, Gracie with Frank Gorshin; Judgment at Nuremburg with Maximilian Schell, Martha Keller and George Grizzard; Night Must Fall with Matthew Broderick; The Sunshine Boys with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall; Inherit the Wind with Charles Durning and George C. Scott (Tony Award nomination, OCC Award); Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass; The Price with Eli Wallach (Tony Award nomination); Sweet Sue with Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave; Loot! with Joseph Maher (Tony Award nomination, OCC Award); Corpse! with Milo O’Shea; The Golden Age with Stockard Channing, Irene Worth and Jeff Daniels; Solomon’s Child. Off-Broadway: Tea at Five with Kate Mulgrew; A Picasso; House and Garden; Comic Potential with Janie Dee; The Exact Center; Dealer’s Choice; Sylvia with Sarah Jessica Parker; A Perfect Ganesh with Zoe Caldwell and Francis Sternhagen; The Last Yankee; Lips Together Teeth Apart with Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski and Swoosie Kurtz ; Prin with Dame Eileen Atkins; What the Butler Saw; Urban Blight; It’s Only a Play with Christine Baranski, James Coco and Joanna Gleason; (all at Manhattan Theatre Club); After the Fall with Frank Langella and Dianne Wiest; Breaking Legs with Vincent Gardenia and Philip Bosco; The Lisbon Traviata with Nathan Lane (Lortel Award); Love Letters with many stars including Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst (Lortel Award); The Film Society; Little Murders with Christine Lahti; The Perfect Party (OCC Award); Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk Award). Regional: Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Royal George (Chicago); Eleanor with Jean Stapleton (Arena Stage); and many seasons at Long Wharf Theatre: Arsenic and Old Lace with Joanne Woodward; As You Like It; The Road to Mecca with Julie Harris; Betrayal; The Lover; The Ruffian on the Stair; A Flea in Her Ear; Another Country with Peter Gallagher and Peter McNichol; This Story of Yours; A Christmas Garland. Westport Country Playhouse: Children, How the Other Half Loves, The Drawer Boy, Relatively Speaking, Time of My Life.

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John Tillinger STAGE CREDITS

Roundabout Theatre Company Off-Broadway Premiere, 2018

Broadway Revival, 1985

Colin Jagger

Sandy Tyrell


Original Broadway Production, 1968
Freddie (Standby)



[West End]
Original London Production, 1964

John Tillinger Productions

[Broadway, 2012]
[Broadway, 2005]
[Broadway, 2004] Cancelled
[Broadway, 2002]
[Broadway, 2001]
[Broadway, 1999]
[Broadway, 1998]
[Broadway, 1997]
[Broadway, 1996]
[Broadway, 1994]
[Broadway, 1993]
[Broadway, 1992]
[Broadway, 1989]
[Broadway, 1989]
Production Supervisor
[Broadway, 1988]
[Broadway, 1986]
[Broadway, 1986]
[Broadway, 1984]
[Broadway, 1982]
[Off-Broadway, 2013]



John Tillinger Awards and Nominations

The Lortels - 1991 - Outstanding Director

John TillingerThe Lisbon Traviata

The Lortels - 1989 - Outstanding Director

John Tillinger, Love Letters

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1986 - Best Director

John Tillinger, The Perfect Party

Drama Desk Awards - 1982 - Outstanding Director of a Play

John Tillinger, Entertaining Mr. Sloane

John Tillinger Videos

John Tillinger News

Photos: Inside the 2023 Manhattan Theatre Club Fall Benefit With Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More!

Manhattan Theatre Club hosted its 2023 Fall Benefit on Monday, November 13. The evening began at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) with an advance screening of the new film ALL ARTS Docs: Manhattan Theatre Club, a Home for Artists ahead of its November 21 premiere on ALL ARTS.

Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane & Sarah Jessica Parker to Appear at Manhattan Theatre Club 2023 Fall Benefit

Manhattan Theatre Club will present its 2023 Fall Benefit on Monday, November 13. See who is attending and learn how to purchase tickets!

Matthew Broderick, J. Smith-Cameron, Victor Garber, Brooke Shields & More Will Star in Encore Run of LOVE LETTERS at Irish Rep

An encore run of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly (Endgame), following sold-out performances this past spring. The encore run will take place this fall, featuring five performances with returning star, Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick, joined by Talia Balsam; eight performances with Emmy & Tony Award nominee J. Smith-Cameron and Emmy & Tony Award nominee Victor Garber; and seven performances with Golden Globe Award nominee Brooke Shields and Emmy Award nominee John Slattery.

Broadway Casting Director Mark B Simon Has Passed Away

According to various sources, casting director Mark B Simon, known for his work on the original productions of Parade, The Last 5 Years, and many more, has passed away.

Photos: First Look at Laura Benanti and Matthew Broderick in LOVE LETTERS

Performances are underway for Irish Repertory Theatre's Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, directed by Ciarán O'Reilly (Endgame), starring Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti. Check out photos of the cast in action!

LOVE LETTERS Starring Matthew Broderick and Laura Benanti Adds Performances at Irish Rep

Irish Repertory Theatre has added five additional performances for Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly (Endgame), starring Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti.

Matthew Broderick, Laura Benanti, Melissa Errico & David Staller to Lead THE LETTERS SERIES at Irish Rep

Irish Repertory Theatre will present The Letters Series, featuring Dear Liar by Jerome Kilty & George Bernard Shaw, directed by Charlotte Moore. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS to Open at Spotlight Repertory Theatre Company This Month

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Spotlight Repertory Theatre Company will present a special engagement of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, directed by Mimi McMann and starring Renée Rogers & Steve Witting and Mary Lee Marson Aloia & Jacques Stewart. 

MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES to be Presented at Yale Repertory Theatre in March

Yale Repertory Theatre will start the second half of its 2022–23 season with Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles by Luis Alfaro, directed by Laurie Woolery, March 10–April 1 at the University Theatre.

JoBeth Williams and Harris Yulin to Star in WE HAVE TO HURRY Livestream Production

Oscar, Emmy  and  Golden Globe nominated actress JoBeth Williams and Award winning Broadway, film and television actor Harris Yulin are set to star in the next monthly digital presentation of the new play  We Have To Hurry, streaming live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, July 10th at 8pm and Sunday, July 11th at 3pm.

WE HAVE TO HURRY Hosts Virtual Stage Door With Performance

We Have to Hurry , by a new work by acclaimed playwright, actor, and director Dorothy Lyman starring Kathleen Chalfant and Elliott Gould will host a Virtual Stage Door.

PLAY OF THE DAY! Today's Play: AFTER THE FALL by Arthur Miller

During this time when productions all over the world have been put on pause, we are coming together to celebrate plays that have left their mark on theater history. This week we will be focusing on the plays of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Arthur Miller. Today's play, After the Fall!

Nathan Lane Pays Tribute After Terrence McNally's Death

Last week, BroadwayWorld was saddened to report that legendary playwright, Terrence McNally had passed away. He was 81 years old. Nathan Lane knew McNally for 30 years, and has written a touching tribute to his friend for Time.

BWW Interview: Actress Roslyn Cohn Shares High Points In Her Theatrical Career Thus Far

Actress Roslyn Cohn is remarkably versatile. She is nominated for a BWW Award this year for The Sound of Murder at Theatre 40. In our converrsation she tells our readers about her work and who and what she admires in the acting profession. Tell us about your BWW nomination for The Sound of Murder at Theatre 40. What kind of character did you play? RC: I was excited to get a nomination for this show as we didn't get the amount of reviews we should have

A Celebration Of E. Katherine Kerr Announced At Playwrights Horizons

Friends, colleagues, and students of the highly regarded and much loved actor, teacher, writer, and director E. Katherine Kerr will gather on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater to celebrate her life.

Breaking: Faye Dunaway Parts Ways with Broadway-Bound TEA AT FIVE

According to the New York Post, Faye Dunaway, who just wrapped up her run in the Broadway-bound play Tea at Five, has been fired from the production. 

BWW Review: TEA AT FIVE: Light Repast

Playwright Matthew Lombardo revisits his 2002 play as a one-act solo vehicle for Faye Dunaway, now receiving a pre-Broadway premiere at the Huntington Avenue Theatre in Boston. Attractive design elements evoke the Old Saybrook, Connecticut world of Katharine Hepburn, but neither the script nor the star can conjure her spirit and engage us in the story.

Review Roundup: Pre-Broadway TEA AT FIVE at the Huntington Avenue Theatre; What Did The Critics Think?

Tea at Five with Faye Dunaway is now open at Huntington Avenue Theatre! What did the critics think? Read all the reviews!

Global Roundup 6/28 - Dove Cameron THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Broadway-Bound TEA AT FIVE, Andrew Keenan-Bolger LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and More!

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Dove Cameron THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Broadway-Bound TEA AT FIVE, Andrew Keenan-Bolger LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and More!


John Tillinger has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

John Tillinger has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

John Tillinger's first West End show was Robert and Elizabeth which opened in 1964

John Tillinger has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Judgment at Nuremberg." He also received nominations for Outstanding Director at The Lortels for both "The Lisbon Traviata" and "Love Letters." Tillinger was nominated for Best Director at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Loot," "The Perfect Party," and "Corpse!" He was also nominated for Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "Loot" and for Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Entertaining Mr. Sloane."

John Tillinger has won several awards for his outstanding directing skills. He has received the Outstanding Director award at The Lortels for his work on The Lisbon Traviata and Love Letters. Additionally, he has been recognized as the Best Director at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his exceptional direction in Loot, The Perfect Party, and Corpse!

John Tillinger has written 1 shows including Urban Blight (Conceiver).

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