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Lear deBessonet is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at the Public Theater. For Public Works, she has directed pageant-style musical adaptations of The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, and The Odyssey at the Delacorte, each featuring two-hundred New Yorkers from all five boroughs.

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Lear deBessonet Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2020] Cancelled
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2024]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2023]
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[US Tour, 2023]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2022]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Off-Broadway, 2015]
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[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Conceiver and Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
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[Off-Broadway, 2010]
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[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director

Writing

Conceiver

Lear deBessonet Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2023 - Best Direction of a Musical

Lear deBessonet, Into the Woods

The Lortels - 2014 - Outstanding Director

Lear deBessonet, Good Person of Szechwan

Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Director of a Play

Lear deBessonet, Good Person of Szechwan

Obie Awards - 2013 - Direction

Lear deBessonet, The Good Person Of Szechuan

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Photos: New York City Center Encores! ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Celebrates Closing Night

New York City Center Encores! season kicked off with Once Upon a Mattress, which officially closed on February 4, 2024. BroadwayWorld was there to celebrate the show's final performance. Check out photos of the cast taking their final bows and celebrating at the after party.

Video: Michael Urie Performs 'An Opening For A Princess' In Encores! ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Up next at New York City Center, the Encores! season kicks off with Once Upon a Mattress, running January 24 through February 4, 2024. See star Michael Urie performing 'An Opening For a Princess,' in newly released video of the production below!

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Video: Watch More Songs from Encores! ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Up next at New York City Center, the Encores! season kicks off with Once Upon a Mattress, running January 24 through February 4, 2024.  Check out more video highlights of the cast in action!

Review Roundup: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Opens at New York City Center Encores!

Read the reviews for Once Upon a Mattress, now playing at New York City Center Encores!

Photos: First Look at Sutton Foster, J. Harrison Ghee & More in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Up next at New York City Center, the Encores! season kicks off with Once Upon a Mattress, running January 24 through February 4, 2024. Check out a first look at the cast in action here!

Video: See Sutton Foster & More in Highlights From Encores! ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Check out vide footage from the Encores! production of Once Upon a Mattress.

Broadway Buying Guide: January 22, 2024

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Video: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Stars J. Harrison Ghee, Cheyenne Jackson, and Nikki Renee Daniels Gear Up for City Center

See some of the stars of the upcoming Once Upon A Mattress in action as they gear up for their City Center run. Watch as Tony Award-winner J. Harrison Ghee performs “Many Moons Ago” with Nikki Renée Daniels (Lady Larken) and Cheyenne Jackson (Sir Harry) peforming, 'In a Little While”.

THE CONNECTOR, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS & More Lead Top Off-Broadway Shows for January

What's happening off-Broadway? BroadwayWorld is helping you pick what to see next by rounding up our top recommended theatre each month. Coming up off-Broadway this January is a new Jason Robert Brown musical, a revival of a classic, and more.

Last Chance to Vote for the BWW Off-Broadway Awards; Voting Ends 12/31

It's the final week left to vote for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards! Voting ends on 12/31 at midnight. Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

VIDEO: Watch the First Day with The Encores! Orchestra for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

Watch the 26-piece Encores! Orchestra, led by Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, play SHY in preparation for ONCE UPON A MATTRESS here!

2 Weeks to Vote for the BWW Off-Broadway Awards!

There's just two weeks left to vote and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 18th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Harriet Sansom Harris Joins the Cast of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS at Encores!

Harriet Sansom Harris is joining the cast of Once Upon A Mattress at New York City Center Encores! next year. Playing the role of Queen Aggravain, Harris reunites with Sutton Foster, who she previously starred alongside of in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards; TITANIQUE & More Lead

It's the final 3 weeks and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 11th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards December 5th Standings; Leads Favorite Local Theatre!

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Nikki Renée Daniels, J. Harrison Ghee, Cheyenne Jackson & More Join Encores! ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

NEW YORK CITY CENTER announced additional casting for the first production of the 30th Encores! series, Once Upon a Mattress. Find out who will join the star-studded company!

Photos: Sutton Foster, LaChanze & More Attend PAL JOEY Gala Performance at New York City Center

New York City Center's Pal Joey opened with a benefit performance last week and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out photos from inside the big night.

Broadway Buying Guide: October 23, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, October 23, 2023.

Billy Porter, Michael Urie, Joaquina Kalukango & More Join New York City Center 30th Encores! Series

Get the latest news on the star-studded cast joining the New York City Center 30th Encores! Series, including Billy Porter, Michael Urie, Joaquina Kalukango, and more. Find out all the details here.

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Lear deBessonet has written 1 shows including transFigures (Conceiver).

Lear deBessonet has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. Some of her notable nominations include the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards, the Outstanding Direction of a Musical at the Drama League Awards for "Into the Woods", the Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Into the Woods", the Outstanding Director at The Lortels for "Good Person of Szechwan", the Outstanding Director of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Good Person of Szechwan", and a Direction nomination at the Obie Awards for "The Good Person Of Szechuan".

Lear deBessonet has won several awards for her work in directing. She received the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards. She also won the Outstanding Direction of a Musical award at the Drama League Awards for her work on "Into the Woods." Additionally, she was recognized for her direction at the Obie Awards, winning in the category of Direction for "The Good Person Of Szechuan."

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