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Liesl Tommy is an award-winning stage director returning to the Huntington having previously directed Top Girls (2018), A Raisin in the Sun (2013), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2012), and Ruined (2011). Her credits include productions of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed (Broadway and The Public Theater) starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Appropriate (Signature Theatre), Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Good Negro, UNIVERSES’ Party People, and A. Zell Williams’s Urban Retreat (The Public Theater), Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center), Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater), The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre), and John Kander/Greg Pierce’s musical Kid Victory. Ms. Tommy is the recipient of an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Pioneer of the Arts Award, Lillian Hellman Award, Lee Reynolds Award, Alan Schneider Award, NEA/TCG Directors Grant, New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship, and the inaugural Susan Stroman Award from the Vineyard Theatre. Ms. Tommy facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab and is a member of the board of the Sundance Institute. Ms. Tommy serves as a program associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program.

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[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Shakespeare Theatre Company Production, 2018

Liesl Tommy Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[Williamstown, MA (Regional), 2017]
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
[Broadway, 2016]
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
[Off-Broadway, 2015] [Replacement]
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
[Off-Broadway, 2009]
[Off-Broadway, 2004]

Liesl Tommy Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 2014 - Direction

Liesl Tommy, Appropriate

Liesl Tommy Videos

Liesl Tommy News

The Apollo Theater Reveals Exciting Lineup for Fall 2023 Season

Don't miss out on the exciting lineup of shows happening this fall at The Apollo Theater. From electrifying performances to unforgettable experiences, discover the must-see shows coming to The Apollo. Plan your visit and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this iconic venue.

Kerry Washington to Discuss Upcoming Memoir at The Apollo's Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas

Get the latest updates on Kerry Washington's appearance at The Apollo's Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to gain insights from the renowned actress and author.

WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE DEAD Comes to the Cape Cod Theatre Project

The Cape Cod Theatre Project (CCTP) continues its 2023 season in its third of four weeks with playwright Fernanda Coppel's AYA and a special, one night only presentation of Stephen Belber's What Do We Do With the Dead. 

Lone Star Theatre Returns With New Artistic Collective

Lone Star Theatre Company, which has presented 'Texas Pages on New York Stages' since 2012 is making its triumphant return post-covid shutdown with a new team at the helm.

Wake Up With BWW 6/27: Casey Cott Joins MOULIN ROUGE!, Jimmy Awards Winners, and More!

Top stories: Casey Cott is the next Christian in Moulin Rouge! the Musical,, plus find out who won at the Jimmy Awards, and more!

Lynn Nottage and John Legend Are Developing IMITATION OF LIFE Musical, Directed by Liesl Tommy

Universal Theatrical Group (UTG), Universal Pictures’ live theater division, announced development of the musical IMITATION OF LIFE, based on the novel by Fannie Hurst and the Universal Pictures films, with book by Lynn Nottage, music and lyrics by John Legend, and directed by Liesl Tommy.

The Apollo and Ta-Nehisi Coates to Present Inaugural Festival of Arts & Ideas in October

The Apollo and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Apollo’s Master Artist in Residence will be launching [at] The Intersection, The Apollo’s Festival of Arts & Ideas.

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Reveals 2023 Nationals Company

The 24 Hour Plays has revealed this year's company for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals.

A.R.T. Names 2023 ACOM Cohort, Launching Learning Intensive for Arts Leaders

American Repertory Theater has announced the members of the 2023 cohort of its Arts & Cultural Organizational Management (ACOM) program.

Applications Now Open for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS

The 24 Hour Plays are partnering with Pace University to produce their 12th annual The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, a weeklong professional intensive professional development initiative for early-career actors, directors, playwrights, composers and producers.

Philadelphia Premiere of CLYDE's Extends at Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company will extend the Philadelphia premiere of  Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s through March 12.

Photos: On the Opening Night Red Carpet of AIN'T NO MO'

See photos from the opening night red carpet of Ain't No Mo'! The cast includes Jordan E. Cooper as Peaches, Fedna Jacquet (Passenger #1), Marchánt Davis (Passenger #2), Shannon Matesky (Passenger #3), and more.

Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet to Celebrate KPOP Opening Night

KPOP officially celebrates its opening night on November 27, but the party came early last night at the Circle in the Square Theatre. BroadwayWorld was there to celebrate and you can check out photos from the starry red carpet arrivals here!

Photos: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of Mike Birbiglia: THE OLD MAN & THE POOL

Check out photos from the red carpet on opening night for Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & the Pool.

Photos: Mei Ann Teo's WHERE WE BELONG Celebrates Opening Night at the Public Theater

The New York Premiere of Where We Belong, written and performed by Madeline Sayet and directed by Mei Ann Teo, is the latest stop in a nationwide tour produced by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with Folger Shakespeare Library. Where We Belong began performances on Friday, October 28 and will run at The Public Theater through Sunday, November 27. Check out photos from opening night.

Meet the Cast of & JULIET, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

& Juliet begins Broadway performances tonight, October 28. Meet the cast of & Juliet here!

Photos: See Wendell Pierce, Lena Hall, Helen Park & More at The Drama League's 2022 Fall Gala

Photos have been released from The Drama League’s 2022 Fall gala, “Embrace The Season: A Drama League Celebration”, which took place last night, Monday, October 17 at 6:00 PM at City Winery. See the photos here!

Photos: Stars Arrive at THE PIANO LESSON Opening Night

The best of Broadway was at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Thursday, where The Piano Lesson, directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, opened on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the arrivals and you can check out photos of Patti LuPone, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more on the red carpet below!

Wendell Pierce, Lena Hall, Helen Park & More Set for The Drama League 2022 Fall Gala Celebration

The Drama League has announced performers and appearances slated for the 2022 Fall gala, “Embrace The Season: A Drama League Celebration” coming up on Monday, October 17 at 6:00 PM at City Winery.

Photos: Stars Turn Out For DEATH OF A SALESMAN Opening Night!

The Hudson Theatre was the place to be as stars of stage and screen came out to celebrate opening night of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. This vibrant and timely production is directed by Miranda Cromwell, who co-directed the London production alongside Marianne Elliott. See photos from opening night!


Liesl Tommy has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Director at The Lortels for her work on the play "Eclipsed." She also received a nomination for Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "Eclipsed." Additionally, she was nominated for Direction at the Obie Awards for the play "Appropriate."

Liesl Tommy has won the Outstanding Director award at The Lortels for the play Eclipsed. She has also won the Direction award at the Obie Awards for the play Appropriate.

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