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Taymor is an American director and writer of theater, opera and film. Her stage adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997, and received eleven Tony Award nominations, with Taymor receiving Tony Awards for Best Director and Costume Designer. Her film Frida, about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including a Best Original Song nomination for Taymor's composition "Burn It Blue". She also directed the jukebox musical Across the Universe.

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Julie Taymor Productions

 
[West End, 2021]
Director
Costume Designer
Puppet Designer
Mask Designer
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
Mask Designer
 
[New York, 2007]
Director
Scenery/Costumes
 
[New York, 2005]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2002]
Mask Co-Designer
Puppet Co-Designer
Lyricist
Costume Designer
Director
 
[Broadway, 2000]
Puppets/Masks
Director
Puppet Designer
Mask Designer
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Costume Designer
Director
Mask Designer
Puppet Designer
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Puppet Designer
Costume Designer
Mask Designer
Director
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
Designer
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Costume Designer
Scenic Designer
Puppet and Mask Designer
Director
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Puppet and Mask Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Puppets/Masks
 
[Off-Broadway, 1986]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1984]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Costume Designer
Scenic Designer
Puppet and Mask Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Scenic Designer
Puppet Designer
Mask Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1979]
Scenery/Costumes/Puppets/Masks
 
[Off-Broadway, 1980]
Puppet and Mask Designer
Costume Designer

Writing

Bookwriter
Conceiver
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist

Julie Taymor Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Julie Taymor, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Julie Taymor, A Midsummer Night's Dream


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Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Costume Designer

Julie Taymor, The Lion King

Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Director

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


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Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Costume Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Puppet Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Drama League Awards - 1998 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre

Julie Taymor


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Costume Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Director - Musical

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
The Hewes Awards - 1998 - Costume Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


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The Hewes Awards - 1998 - Noteworthy/Unusual Effects Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Costume Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Direction of a Musical

Julie Taymor, The Lion King

Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Costume Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King

Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Costume Design

Julie TaymorJuan Darient: A Carnival Mass


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Julie Taymor, The Lion King


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Puppet Design

Julie Taymor, The Lion King

Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Set Design - Musical

Julie TaymorJuan Darient: A Carnival Mass

Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Direction of a Musical

Julie Taymor, Juan Darien

Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Scenic Design

Julie Taymor, Juan Darien

Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Costume Design

Julie Taymor, The Tempest

Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Scott Wentworth, Welcome to the Club


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Obie Awards - 1988 - Direction

Julie TaymorJuan Darien


winner
The Hewes Awards - 1988 - Concept Pupperty and Masks

Julie Taymor, Juan Darien


winner
Obie Awards - 1985 - Special Citations

Julie Taymor


winner
The Hewes Awards - 1980 - Scenic, Costume and Puppet Design

Julie Taymor, The Haggadah

Julie Taymor Videos

Julie Taymor News


Interview: Forest VanDyke of THE LION KING at BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER

And actually, our director, Keith Bennett, was Banzai for about twenty years before I arrived, and was so great! I was intimidated coming in because I had heard so much about the great Keith Bennett, but as soon as I came in, he made me feel so relaxed and said, “You know everybody's Banzai is different. You make this your own.”
Photos: Disney's THE LION KING Celebrates 25th Anniversary At RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 

Today Disney’s THE LION KING presented a community garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival to commemorate 25 years of the iconic, award-winning West End musical. Designed by leading garden designer Juliet Sargeant, the garden received three awards at the festival; Best Show Garden, the RHS Environmental Innovation Award and a Silver Gilt Medal*. See photos from the event. 
Tickets for Disney's THE LION KING at the Fox Theatre to go on Sale This Month

Tickets for Disney's THE LION KING at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta go on sale this month. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Drama Book Shop Will Host Signing and Talkback Event For 'The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre'

The Drama Book Shop will host an event in conjunction with the release of the book, 'The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre'. The event will feature Eila Mell and Heather A. Hitchens, and will include a talkback, signing, and live podcast recording.
Photos: Stars Turn Out To Honor Alfred Molina and Ann K. McDonald At the 2024 RUNNING OF THE BULLS Gala

Red Bull Theater honored Alfred Molina with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater and K. Ann McDonald with the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater at the Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit last night, Monday June 3rd. See photos from inside the event!
Red Bull Theater to Honor Alfred Molina & K. Ann McDonald at Red Bulls Gala Benefit

Alfred Molina will be honored with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater and K. Ann McDonald will receive the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater at the Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit. Learn more about the benefit and see how to purchase tickets.
Photos: Sutton Foster, LaChanze, Eden Espinosa, Joshua Henry, and More Attend the WP Theater Gala

The WP Theater Gala was held last night, celebrating more than 40 years of extraordinary women in theater. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the event here!
Disney on Broadway Stars Will Unite for 30th Anniversary Sing-Along at BroadwayCon

In celebration of Disney on Broadway’s 30th anniversary, original stars James Monroe Iglehart (2014 Tony winner for Aladdin), Kara Lindsay (Newsies), Patti Murin (Frozen) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan) invite you to ‘Be Their Guest’ in a sing-along featuring fan favorite numbers from Disney on Broadway’s nine Broadway musicals, including 'Hakuna Matata,' 'Poor Unfortunate Souls,' 'Whole New World' and 'Let It Go.'
Review: THE LION KING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center

Based on Disney’s 1994 animated film musical of the same name, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is supposed to succeed his father, Mufasa, as King of Pride Rock. But when Simba's uncle, Scar, kills Mufasa, Simba runs away from home after being tricked into thinking that he was responsible. As he comes of age, Simba learns some valuable perspective to go back and take his rightful place as King.
THE LION KING to Hold Toronto Open Call Auditions For Young Simba & Young Nala

Toronto is hosting open call auditions for the roles of Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney's THE LION KING. Learn about how to audition!
THE LION KING Tour Celebrates 22nd Anniversary in Minneapolis This Weekend

The North American tour of Disney's The Lion King will celebrate its 22nd anniversary on Saturday, April 27 in Minneapolis. The Lion King has returned to Minneapolis' historic Orpheum Theatre, where the Tony Award-winning Best Musical played its pre-Broadway run in 1997, and where the touring production is currently entertaining capacity houses through Sunday, April 28. 
Untitled Theater Company No. 61's EXAGOGE Begins Tonight at La MaMa

The world premiere of Untitled Theater Company No. 61's Exagoge begins tonight at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 66 East 4th Street in New York City.
THE LION KING North American Tour to Celebrate 22nd Anniversary

The North American tour of Disney's The Lion King will celebrate its 22nd anniversary on Saturday, April 27 in Minneapolis. Learn more about the show!
Tickets To Go On Sale Next Month for THE LION KING Toronto Production

Disney's THE LION KING is coming to Toronto. Learn more about where and when you can see the production and learn how to purchase tickets.
Baayork Lee & More Join Pittsburgh CLO 2024 Summer of Musicals

Pittsburgh CLO has unveiled the Creative Teams for the 2024 Summer of Musicals. See the productions and learn how to purchase tickets.
BEETLEJUICE, THE CHER SHOW, and More Set For Broadway in Syracuse 2024-25 Season

Broadway in Syracuse has announced the lineup for its 2024-25 season. The season will kick off in October with Les Miserables and will continue with a total of 6 shows through May 2025. Learn more about the full lineup here!
Interview: Jessica Kubzansky's Multi-Tasking Discovering THE BODY'S MIDNIGHT

In a co-production with IAMA Theatre Company, Boston Court’s current production - Tira Palmquist’s The Body’s Midnight opened April 18, 2024. Boston Court’s artistic director Jessica Kubzansky directs this world premiere cast of Ryan W. Garcia, Jonathan Nichols-Navarro, Sonal Shah and Keliher Walsh. Midst her multiple responsibilities, Jessica found time to answer a few of my queries.
Video: The Cast of THE LION KING in Brazil Performs 'Endless Night'

The Lion King is currently playing in Sao Paulo, Brazil! Watch the cast perform 'Noite Sem Fim (Endless Night)' in this all-new video.
Photos: First Look at TARTUFFE at the Laguna Playhouse

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE will present a transfer production from North Coast Repertory Theatre of their critically-acclaimed production of TARTUFFE, written by Molière, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur, and directed by Richard Baird. Check out all new photos here!
Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet on Opening Night of THE OUTSIDERS

Broadway welcomed another new musical in The Outsiders, which is now officially open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there for the big day and you can check out photos from the VIP theatre arrivals here.

Julie Taymor FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Julie Taymor written?

Julie Taymor has written 6 shows including The Transposed Heads (Bookwriter), The Transposed Heads (Bookwriter), Juan Darien (Bookwriter), Juan Darién (Bookwriter), The Lion King (Composer), Spider-Man (Bookwriter).

What awards has Julie Taymor been nominated for?

Julie Taymor has been nominated for various awards throughout her career, including Outstanding Director of a Play and Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She also received nominations for Best Costume Designer and Best Director at the Olivier Awards for "The Lion King." Additionally, she was nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Director - Musical, and Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Lion King." Taymor's accolades also include nominations for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Costume Design at the Tony Awards for her work on "The Lion King" and "Juan Darien." She has received recognition at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, The Hewes Awards, Drama League Awards, Obie Awards, and more for her contributions to theater, including notable wins for her innovative puppetry and costume designs.

What awards has Julie Taymor won?

Julie Taymor has won several awards throughout her career, including Best Costume Designer at the Olivier Awards for The Lion King, Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Director - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for The Lion King, Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre at the Drama League Awards, Best Costume Design and Best Director - Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Lion King, Costume Design and Noteworthy/Unusual Effects Design at The Hewes Awards for The Lion King, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for The Lion King. She also received awards for Outstanding Puppet Design at the Drama Desk Awards for The Lion King, Direction at the Obie Awards for Juan Darien, Concept Pupperty and Masks at The Hewes Awards for Juan Darien, and Special Citations at the Obie Awards as well as Scenic, Costume, and Puppet Design at The Hewes Awards for The Haggadah.

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