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Lear deBessonet

 
Bio:
Lear deBessonet is an Obie Award-winning director based in New York. At City Center, she has directed Big River (Encores!) and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Encores! Off-Center). She is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at The Public Theatre, for which she has directed large-scale, ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Lear deBessonet is an Obie Award-winning director based in New York. At City Center, she has directed Big River (Encores!) and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Encores! Off-Center). She is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at The Public Theatre, for which she has directed large-scale, ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

Productions

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

Writing

Conceiver

Lear deBessonet Biography

Lear deBessonet is an Obie Award-winning director based in New York. At City Center, she has directed Big River (Encores!) and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Encores! Off-Center). She is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at The Public Theatre, for which she has directed large-scale, critically-acclaimed musical adaptations of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Park), The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, andThe Odyssey. Her production of The Foundry Theater's Good Person of Szechwan, starring Taylor Mac and Lisa Kron, played an extended, sold-out run at The Public, and earned her an Obie Award for Direction, a Lortel Award for Best Revival, a Drama Desk Nomination, and a Lilly Award. Additional credits include Suzan-Lori Park's Venus at Signature Theatre; Quiara Alegria Hudes' Miss You Like Hell at La Jolla Playhouse and The Public; and Romeo and Juliet at The Public. Now in its seventh year, the Public Works model of community engagement and participatory theater has spread nationally and internationally to Dallas, Seattle, and most recently the National Theater in London.


Lear deBessonet Awards and Nominations

 
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 Gold Star
Lear deBessonet, The Good Person Of Szechuan

Lear deBessonet News

Joaquina Kalukango Will Play The Witch in INTO THE WOODS Beginning Next Month Photo Joaquina Kalukango Will Play The Witch in INTO THE WOODS Beginning Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2022

2022 Tony Award winner¬†Joaquina Kalukango¬†will join the cast of the New York City Center Encores! production of¬†James Lapine¬†and Stephen Sondheim‚Äôs revival of¬†Into the Woods¬†as ‚ÄėThe Witch‚Äô beginning Friday, December 16th¬†through the end of the run at the St. James Theatre.

INTO THE WOODS to Offer Rush Tickets Beginning Tonight Photo INTO THE WOODS to Offer Rush Tickets Beginning Tonight
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 1, 2022

The New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s revival of Into the Woods will now offer general rush tickets for every performance at $59 per ticket. As previously announced, Into the Woods has extended for the final time, by popular demand, through January 8, 2023. 

Bradley Gibson, Isabelle McCalla, Shuler Hensley & James Monroe Iglehart to Lead HERC Photo Bradley Gibson, Isabelle McCalla, Shuler Hensley & James Monroe Iglehart to Lead HERCULES at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 31, 2022

Paper Mill has announced initial casting for the all-new musical production of Disney’s Hercules. See who is in the cast and how to get tickets to Disney's newest stage musical.

INTO THE WOODS to Perform on THE VIEW on Halloween Photo INTO THE WOODS to Perform on THE VIEW on Halloween
by Michael Major - Oct 28, 2022

The cast of Into the Woods will perform on The View for their Halloween episode. The production recently made its broadcast television debut, with the cast performing the title number and Andy Karl and Gavin Creel performing 'Agony' on the TODAY Show.

VIDEO: Gavin Creel Helps Make a Breast Cancer Survivor's Broadway Dreams Come True On Photo VIDEO: Gavin Creel Helps Make a Breast Cancer Survivor's Broadway Dreams Come True Onstage at INTO THE WOODS on TODAY
by Michael Major - Oct 27, 2022

Gavin Creel helped breast cancer survivor Carina Ranieri fulfill her lifelong dream of dancing on a Broadway stage. After choosing college over pursuing performing Carina Ranieri found peace by dancing through her breast cancer diagnosis and now she was able to live out her dream by dancing onstage at Into the Woods. Watch the video segment now!

Denee Benton Will Reprise Role of Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS on Broadway Photo Denee Benton Will Reprise Role of Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS on Broadway
by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2022

Denee Benton, who starred as Cinderella in the off-Broadway run of Into The Woods at City Center earlier this year, will reprise her role in the Broadway run of the production next month.

Video: Patina Miller Records 'Last Midnight' For the Cast Recording of INTO THE WOODS Photo Video: Patina Miller Records 'Last Midnight' For the Cast Recording of INTO THE WOODS, Available to Preorder Now!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 24, 2022

Preorders are now available for the CD and vinyl versions for the cast recording of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of the New York City Center Encores! production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. To celebrate the launch of preorders, the production released a new music video featuring Patina Miller recording 'Last Midnight.'

VLOG: Go Backstage At INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kennedy Kanagawa - Episode 3 Photo VLOG: Go Backstage At INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kennedy Kanagawa - Episode 3
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 15, 2022

Watch the latest episode where we get a behind the scenes look at the production's props, and learn about some on-stage mishaps!

VIDEO: Watch Gavin Creel & Andy Karl Perform 'Agony' From INTO THE WOODS on TODAY Photo VIDEO: Watch Gavin Creel & Andy Karl Perform 'Agony' From INTO THE WOODS on TODAY
by Michael Major - Oct 6, 2022

Andy Karl and Gavin Creel appeared on The TODAY Show this morning to perform 'Agony' from Into the Woods. Creel currently stars as the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods. Having briefly filled in for Creel in September, Karl will return to the production as Rapunzel's Prince on October 11. Watch the video performance now!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of INTO THE WOODS Perform on THE TODAY SHOW Photo VIDEO: Watch the Cast of INTO THE WOODS Perform on THE TODAY SHOW
by Michael Major - Oct 6, 2022

The cast of Into the Woods appeared on The TODAY Show this morning to perform the title song from the musical. The performance featured Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, Montego Glover, Krysta Rodriguez, Gavin Creel, Andy Karl, Katy Geraghty, Ann Harada, Kennedy Kanagawa, and Cole Thompson. Watch the video performance now!

Lear deBessonet Videos

VIDEO: Gavin Creel Helps Make a Breast Cancer Survivor's Broadway Dreams Come True On Videoplay
VIDEO: Gavin Creel Helps Make a Breast Cancer Survivor's Broadway Dreams Come True Onstage at INTO THE WOODS on TODAY

by Michael Major - Oct 27, 2022

Gavin Creel helped breast cancer survivor Carina Ranieri fulfill her lifelong dream of dancing on a Broadway stage. After choosing college over pursuing performing Carina Ranieri found peace by dancing through her breast cancer diagnosis and now she was able to live out her dream by dancing onstage at Into the Woods. Watch the video segment now!

VLOG: Go Backstage At INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kennedy Kanagawa - Episode 3 Videoplay
VLOG: Go Backstage At INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kennedy Kanagawa - Episode 3

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 15, 2022

Watch the latest episode where we get a behind the scenes look at the production's props, and learn about some on-stage mishaps!

VIDEO: Watch Gavin Creel & Andy Karl Perform 'Agony' From INTO THE WOODS on TODAY Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Gavin Creel & Andy Karl Perform 'Agony' From INTO THE WOODS on TODAY

by Michael Major - Oct 6, 2022

Andy Karl and Gavin Creel appeared on The TODAY Show this morning to perform 'Agony' from Into the Woods. Creel currently stars as the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods. Having briefly filled in for Creel in September, Karl will return to the production as Rapunzel's Prince on October 11. Watch the video performance now!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of INTO THE WOODS Perform on THE TODAY SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Cast of INTO THE WOODS Perform on THE TODAY SHOW

by Michael Major - Oct 6, 2022

The cast of Into the Woods appeared on The TODAY Show this morning to perform the title song from the musical. The performance featured Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, Montego Glover, Krysta Rodriguez, Gavin Creel, Andy Karl, Katy Geraghty, Ann Harada, Kennedy Kanagawa, and Cole Thompson. Watch the video performance now!

Video: Watch New Highlights of Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus & More in INTO T Videoplay
Video: Watch New Highlights of Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus & More in INTO THE WOODS on Broadway

by Show Highlights - Sep 28, 2022

A new cast of characters has taken over at the St. James Theatre! Watch Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, Montego Glover and more in new video footage from the show!

Video: Meet the New Cast of INTO THE WOODS on Broadway! Videoplay
Video: Meet the New Cast of INTO THE WOODS on Broadway!

by Sneak Peek - Sep 28, 2022

A new cast of characters has taken over at the St. James Theatre! Watch as Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, Andy Karl, Montego Glover and more meet the press!

VLOG: Go Backstage At INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kennedy Kanagawa - Episode 2 Videoplay
VLOG: Go Backstage At INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kennedy Kanagawa - Episode 2

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 24, 2022

It's week 2 and BroadwayWorld is taking you behind the scenes of Into the Woods on Broadway with our new vlog series by Kennedy Kanagawa, who puppeteers breakout star Milky White on Broadway.

VLOG: Go INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kanagawa & Miky White in Episode 1 Of New Series Videoplay
VLOG: Go INTO THE WOODS With Kennedy Kanagawa & Miky White in Episode 1 Of New Series

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 17, 2022

This week on the first of three episodes (one for each midnight), Kanagawa takes us behind the scenes, asks his cast members for some character insights, shows us some pranks, and gives us the inside scoop on dollar Friday. 

VIDEO: Kennedy Kanagawa Talks Scene-Stealing Milky White in INTO THE WOODS on CBS MOR Videoplay
VIDEO: Kennedy Kanagawa Talks Scene-Stealing Milky White in INTO THE WOODS on CBS MORNINGS

by Michael Major - Sep 1, 2022

In a new segment on CBS Mornings, correspondent Jamie Wax sat down with Kennedy Kanagawa, who is the Milky White puppeteer in Into the Woods on Broadway. The puppet, which is mostly made of recylced cardboard, steals the hearts of audiences in the acclaimed Broadway revival of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical. Watch the new video interview now!

VIDEO: Brian D'Arcy James Discusses Star-Studded INTO THE WOODS Audiences on GMA Videoplay
VIDEO: Brian D'Arcy James Discusses Star-Studded INTO THE WOODS Audiences on GMA

by Michael Major - Aug 16, 2022

Brian D'Arcy James sat down on GMA3 this morning to discuss starring in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods. During the interview, James discussed working alongside his 'stage wife' Sara Bareilles and Jennifer Lopez, Hillary Clinton, Scarlett Johansson, and Colin Jost coming to the show. Watch the new video interview now!


Lear deBessonet Frequently Asked Questions

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

What awards has Lear deBessonet been nominated for?
Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Good Person of Szechwan Outstanding Director of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Good Person of Szechwan and Direction (Obie Awards) for The Good Person Of Szechuan .

What awards has Lear deBessonet won?
Direction (Obie Awards) for The Good Person Of Szechuan.