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Liesl Tommy

 
Bio:
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) ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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) ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

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

Productions

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

Photos

Director Liesl Tommy  Photo

Director Liesl Tommy

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Director Liesl Tommy and Audra McDonald  Photo

Director Liesl Tommy and Audra McDonald

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Director Liesl Tommy and Choreographer  Photo

Director Liesl Tommy and Choreographer

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08/13/2021
Director Liesl Tommy  Photo

Director Liesl Tommy

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Jennifer Hudson, Director Liesl Tommy and Marlon Wayans  Photo

Jennifer Hudson, Director Liesl Tommy and Marlon Wayans

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08/13/2021

 

Stage

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

Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director

[Williamstown, MA (Regional), 2017]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director

[Broadway, 2016]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2015] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2009]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

Liesl Tommy Biography

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.

Liesl Tommy Awards and Nominations

 
The Lortels - 2016 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Direction of a Play
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
 
Obie Awards - 2014 - Direction Gold Star
Liesl Tommy, Appropriate

Liesl Tommy News

Kate Baldwin, Amber Gray, Bonnie Milligan & More to Perform at The American Theatre W Photo Kate Baldwin, Amber Gray, Bonnie Milligan & More to Perform at The American Theatre Wing Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 8, 2022

The American Theatre Wing has announced performers for their annual Gala. Performers include Kate Baldwin, The Broadway Boys, Gretchen Cryer, Amber Gray, Aisha de Haas, Luna, Charlotte Maltby, Bonnie Milligan and more.

Luke Evans Reveals the BEAUTY & THE BEAST Spinoff Series Will Happen in the 'Near Fut Photo Luke Evans Reveals the BEAUTY & THE BEAST Spinoff Series Will Happen in the 'Near Future'
by Michael Major - Sep 8, 2022

Luke Evans has revealed that the Beauty and the Beast spinoff series will happen in the near future, stating that the series is 'on hold' and that they are waiting to fine-tune certain aspects of the series to correctly honor the original film's legacy. The series was also slated to star Josh God, Rita Ora, Fra Free, and Briana Middleton.

Hermitage Announces Madeleine George as New Recipient of $35,000 Hermitage Major Thea Photo Hermitage Announces Madeleine George as New Recipient of $35,000 Hermitage Major Theater Award
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2022

Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, announced that accomplished playwright and screenwriter Madeleine George, currently a writer on the hit Hulu series “Only Murders in the Building,” has been newly selected as the 2021 recipient of the Hermitage Major Theater Award (HMTA).

Village Theatre Announces New Leadership With New Artistic Director and First-Ever Ma Photo Village Theatre Announces New Leadership With New Artistic Director and First-Ever Managing Director
by Grace Cutler - Jul 8, 2022

Village Theatre announces Adam Immerwahr (Washington DC’s Theater J) as its next Artistic Director and Laura Lee (Seattle’s ArtsWest) as its first-ever Managing Director.

& JULIET, Starring Lorna Courtney, Betsy Wolfe, Stark Sands and More, Will Open on Br Photo & JULIET, Starring Lorna Courtney, Betsy Wolfe, Stark Sands and More, Will Open on Broadway This October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 7, 2022

Currently playing a long-awaited pre-Broadway engagement in Toronto, & Juliet will transfer directly to Broadway, with previews beginning October 28, 2022 ahead of a November 17, 2022 opening at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tickets are available now!

Applications Now Open for Front Row Productions Annual Fellowship Photo Applications Now Open for Front Row Productions Annual Fellowship
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022

Stephen Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey’s Front Row Productions Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, is now accepting applications for its 2022 Fellowship program.  The submission deadline is July 20.  

TCG Announces Seema Sueko To Receive Alan Schneider Director Award Photo TCG Announces Seema Sueko To Receive Alan Schneider Director Award
by Stephi Wild - Jun 17, 2022

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, proudly announces that Seema Sueko has been awarded the Alan Schneider Director Award. The Award was established in honor of Alan Schneider's significant contribution to theatre in the U.S. and his lifelong commitment to the development of career opportunities for freelance directors.

Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for EPIPHANY at Lincoln Center Theater Photo Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for EPIPHANY at Lincoln Center Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater is presenting Epiphany, a new play by Brian Watkins, directed by Tyne Rafaeli. Epiphany will begin previews Thursday, May 19 and open on Thursday, June 16 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS Opens 2022 Applications Today Photo THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: NATIONALS Opens 2022 Applications Today
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 13, 2022

Today, The 24 Hour Plays announced that the 11th annual application for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are now open and will run through April 18, 2022. The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals will take place in person in NYC for the first time since 2019.

Lincoln Center Theater to Present EPIPHANY by Brian Watkins Photo Lincoln Center Theater to Present EPIPHANY by Brian Watkins
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater has announced its upcoming production of Epiphany, a new play by Brian Watkins, directed by Tyne Rafaeli.  Epiphany will begin previews Thursday, May 19 and open on Thursday, June 16 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). 

Liesl Tommy Videos

VIDEO: See Jennifer Hudson, Audra McDonald & More in the Trailer for Aretha Franklin  VideoVIDEO: See Jennifer Hudson, Audra McDonald & More in the Trailer for Aretha Franklin Biopic RESPECT!
by Stage Tube - May 19, 2021

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

VIDEO: Watch James Jackson's Obie Award Acceptance Speech For the Creative Team of A  VideoVIDEO: Watch James Jackson's Obie Award Acceptance Speech For the Creative Team of A STRANGE LOOP
by Stage Tube - Aug 13, 2020

For their astounding work the judges have awarded a Special Obie Citation to the Creative Team and Ensemble of A STRANGE LOOP.

VIDEO: Watch Antwayn Hopper's Obie Award Acceptance Speech For the Creative Team of A VideoVIDEO: Watch Antwayn Hopper's Obie Award Acceptance Speech For the Creative Team of A STRANGE LOOP
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2020

For their astounding work the judges have awarded a Special Obie Citation to the Creative Team and Ensemble of A STRANGE LOOP.

VIDEO: Watch Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the Official Teaser Trailer For RE VideoVIDEO: Watch Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the Official Teaser Trailer For RESPECT
by Stage Tube - Jun 29, 2020

The official teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson!

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in First-Look at RESPECT VideoVIDEO: Jennifer Hudson is Aretha Franklin in First-Look at RESPECT
by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2019

See and hear Jennifer Hudson for the first time as Aretha Franklin in the first teaser for the upcoming bipoic, Respect!

VIDEO: Netflix Releases the Trailer for DOLLY PARTON'S HEARTSTRINGS VideoVIDEO: Netflix Releases the Trailer for DOLLY PARTON'S HEARTSTRINGS
by Stage Tube - Nov 5, 2019

The Dolly music you love, the stories you've been waiting for. Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is an anthology series that showcases the stories, memories, and inspirations behind her most beloved songs. New and classic Dolly music will score every episode. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, westerns, and revenge comedies. 

BWW TV: What's RELEVANCE All About? Jayne Houdyshell & Company Explain! VideoBWW TV: What's RELEVANCE All About? Jayne Houdyshell & Company Explain!
by TV - Press Previews - Jan 10, 2018

MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) will soon present the third show of its 2017-18 season: the World Premiere of Relevance, written by J. Lee ('How to Get Away With Murder,' 'Looking') with direction by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed).

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Take a Look at Shakespeare Theatre Company's MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Provocative director Liesl Tommy brings Broadway savvy, storytelling flair and a revolutionary sensibility to Macbeth, Shakespeare's masterpiece of suspense. In a world beset by civil war and invasion, Macbeth and his artful lady begin a series of murders, designed to further their own ambitions, only to plunge their lives into madness.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from John Kander & Greg Pierce's KID VICTORY at the Vineyard
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 17, 2017

Vineyard Theatre presents the New York premiere of Kid Victory, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander with story by John Kander and Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy. Kid Victory began previews on Wednesday, February 1 and will open on Wednesday, February 22 at the Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15 St. in New York City). Get a first look at highlights from the production below!

BWW TV: Clint Ramos Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 12, 2016

Clint Ramos received the 2016 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play forEclipsed. He also served as scenic designer for the production. Ramos' other Broadway credits include The Elephant Man (also West End), and Violet. Check out what he had to say on receiving the honor below!


Liesl Tommy Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Liesl Tommy been nominated for?
Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Eclipsed Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Eclipsed and Direction (Obie Awards) for Appropriate .

What awards has Liesl Tommy won?
Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Eclipsedand Direction (Obie Awards) for Appropriate.