Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Lileana Blain-Cruz

 
Bio:
LCT: Pipeline; the LCT3 productions of Marys Seacole (Obie Award), War (also Yale Rep); also Resident Director. Recent projects include Dreaming Zenzile (St. Louis Rep, McCarter, upcoming at NYTW/National Black Theatre); …(Iphigenia) (MASS MoCA, Arts Emerson, Kennedy Center); Hansel and Gretel ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
LCT: Pipeline; the LCT3 productions of Marys Seacole (Obie Award), War (also Yale Rep); also Resident Director. Recent projects include Dreaming Zenzile (St. Louis Rep, McCarter, upcoming at NYTW/National Black Theatre); …(Iphigenia) (MASS MoCA, Arts Emerson, Kennedy Center); Hansel and Gretel ... (read complete bio)

Photos

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2023]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2022]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2020]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Williamstown, MA (Regional), 2017]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Assistant Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Assistant Director
Assistant Director

Lileana Blain-Cruz Biography

LCT: Pipeline; the LCT3 productions of Marys Seacole (Obie Award), War (also Yale Rep); also Resident Director. Recent projects include Dreaming Zenzile (St. Louis Rep, McCarter, upcoming at NYTW/National Black Theatre); …(Iphigenia) (MASS MoCA, Arts Emerson, Kennedy Center); Hansel and Gretel (film for Houston Grand Opera); Anatomy of a Suicide (Atlantic); Fefu and Her Friends (TFANA); Girls (Yale Rep); Faust (Opera Omaha); The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Obie Award), Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature); Thunderbodies, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Soho Rep); The House That Will Not Stand, Red Speedo (NYTW); Henry IV, Part One, Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Bluest Eye (The Guthrie); Salome (JACK); and Hollow Roots (the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater). 2021 Doris Duke Artist, 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, 2018 United States Artists Fellow. Upcoming: The Listeners (Opera Norway).

Lileana Blain-Cruz Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Gold Star
Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin Of Our Teeth
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Direction of a Play
Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin of Our Teeth
 
The Lortels - 2018 - Outstanding Director
Lileana Blain-Cruz, Pipeline
 
Obie Awards - 2017 - Directing Gold Star
Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World

Lileana Blain-Cruz News

Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER & More to be Presented at Works & Process i Photo Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER & More to be Presented at Works & Process in Spring 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 8, 2022

For spring 2023 Works & Process will present a robust series at the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Programs provide audiences with unprecedented access to creative process blending artist discussions and performance highlights.

Park Avenue Armory to Open 2023 Season With Symposium: SOUND AND COLOR - THE FUTURE O Photo Park Avenue Armory to Open 2023 Season With Symposium: SOUND AND COLOR - THE FUTURE OF RACE IN DESIGN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 5, 2022

Park Avenue Armory will begin its 2023 Season with Symposium: Sound & Color - The Future of Race in Design, an interdisciplinary forum exploring how race matters in creative design for live performance, especially in the current moment of creative, technological, and cultural unrest.

Photos: On the Opening Night Red Carpet of AIN'T NO MO' Photo Photos: On the Opening Night Red Carpet of AIN'T NO MO'
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 2, 2022

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.

Tickets for Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER To Go On Sale Today Photo Tickets for Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER To Go On Sale Today
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 28, 2022

Tickets for the World Premiere of Michael R. Jackson’s new musical, WHITE GIRL IN DANGER, presented by Vineyard Theatre and Second Stage Theater, will go on sale. WHITE GIRL IN DANGER will be directed by Tony Award nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly.

SANDRA Extended for One Week at Vineyard Theatre Photo SANDRA Extended for One Week at Vineyard Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 23, 2022

Vineyard Theatre has announced a one week extension of  Sandra, a one-woman thriller written by David Cale (Harry Clarke), starring Marjan Neshat (English and Selling Kabul) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Harry Clarke).   

Tickets for BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Live Simulcast Viewings on Sale Tomorrow Photo Tickets for BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Live Simulcast Viewings on Sale Tomorrow
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2022

Tickets will go on sale for Second Stage Theater's simulcast performances of its Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, directed by Austin Pendleton on Friday, November 11 at 12pm EST. 

Vineyard Theatre to Receive Proclamation From Mayor's Office to Celebrate 'Vineyard T Photo Vineyard Theatre to Receive Proclamation From Mayor's Office to Celebrate 'Vineyard Theatre Day'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2022

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel announced that the company will be receiving a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office on November 3 to celebrate Vineyard Theatre Day, recognizing the institution's contributions to the city of New York and its neighborhood of Union Square.

Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet on Opening Night of TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Photo Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet on Opening Night of TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by Bruce Glikas - Oct 21, 2022

The Golden Theatre was the place to be last night as Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog officially opened on Broadway. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, it stars Emmy Award-winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Candyman) and Tony Award-nominee Corey Hawkins (In the Heights, The Tragedy of Macbeth). BroadwayWorld was there for the star-studded red carpet arrivals. Check out photos!

Soho Rep Directors Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides to Depart at the End of 2022-23  Photo Soho Rep Directors Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides to Depart at the End of 2022-23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2022

Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides, two of Soho Rep's three Directors, will step down at the end of the current season, after 15 and 8 years with the influential Off Broadway theater.

Michael Urie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brittney Mack & More Set for Second Stage Theate Photo Michael Urie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brittney Mack & More Set for Second Stage Theater's Fall Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2022

Second Stage Theater’s Fall Gala celebration will honor Second Stage Board Chair Terry Lindsay and her husband, Bob Lindsay, Co-Founder and Chairman of Lindsay Goldberg. The gala event will take place on Monday, October 17, 2022. The event will feature Michael Urie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brittney Mack and more.

Lileana Blain-Cruz Videos

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH's Gabby Beans Videoplay
Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH's Gabby Beans

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 25, 2022

The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun! On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway's biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Gabby Beans!

Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH's Lileana Blain-Cruz Videoplay
Meet the 2022 Tony Nominees: THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH's Lileana Blain-Cruz

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 20, 2022

 The countdown to the Tony Awards has a officially begun! On June 12, the brightest stars of the 2021-22 season will shine even brighter as they gather at the iconic Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Broadway's biggest night. Leading up to the 75th Annual Tony Awards, BroadwayWorld is getting up close and personal with the nominees. Today we're studying up on Lileana Blain-Cruz!

VIDEO: First Look at THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, Opening Tonight at Lincoln Center Theater Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, Opening Tonight at Lincoln Center Theater

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 25, 2022

Lincoln Center Theater's production of the Thornton Wilder Pulitzer Prize-winning classic THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, opens tonight, Monday, April 25 at 6:45pm at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at Yale Rep's GIRLS Videoplay
VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at Yale Rep's GIRLS

by Stage Tube - Oct 7, 2019

Yale Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of GIRLS, after The Bacchae by Euripides, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, with choreography by Raja Feather Kelley, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, October 4-26, 2019, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, October 10.

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from LCT3's MARY SEACOLE! Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Highlights from LCT3's MARY SEACOLE!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 27, 2019

LCT3's Marys Seacole, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, officially opened on February 25, at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street).

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from Dominique Morisseau's PIPELINE, Opening Tonight at LCT
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 10, 2017

Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez are featured in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Pipeline, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, which opens tonight, July 10, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). Watch highlights from the production below!

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from LCT3's WAR!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 7, 2016

Austin Durant, Reggie Gowland, Chris Myers,Rachel Nicks, Michele Shay, Lance Coadie Williams, and Charlayne Woodard star in the LCT3/Lincoln Center Theaterproduction of WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.WAR is now in previews, and officially opened yesterday, June 6, running for six weeks only through Sunday, July 3 at the Claire Tow Theater. 


Lileana Blain-Cruz Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Lileana Blain-Cruz been nominated for?
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) for The Skin Of Our Teeth , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Skin of Our Teeth Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Pipeline and Directing (Obie Awards) for The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World .

What awards has Lileana Blain-Cruz won?
Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) for The Skin Of Our Teethand Directing (Obie Awards) for The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World.