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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).

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Lileana Blain-Cruz Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2023]
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[Off-Broadway, 2023]
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[Broadway, 2022]
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[Off-Broadway, 2020]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Williamstown, MA (Regional), 2017]
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[Off-Broadway, 2017]
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[Off-Broadway, 2016]
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[Broadway, 2009]
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[Off-Broadway, 2008]
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Lileana Blain-Cruz Awards and Nominations

Drama League Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Lileana Blain-Cruz, Dreaming Zenzile

Drama League Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Lileana Blain-Cruz, White Girl in Danger


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Drama League Awards - 2022 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing

Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin Of Our Teeth

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Direction of a Play

Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Skin of Our Teeth


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Obie Awards - 2019 - Special Citations

Lileana Blain Cruz, Marys Seacole

The Lortels - 2018 - Outstanding Director

Lileana Blain-Cruz, Pipeline


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Obie Awards - 2017 - Directing

Lileana Blain-Cruz, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World

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Lileana Blain-Cruz News


Jelani Remy, Emily Skeggs & More to Star in THE APPLE BOYS Industry Reading

Jelani Remy, Emily Skeggs and more will star in an industry reading of the new musical THE APPLE BOYS. Learn more about the show!

Video: Director Lileana Blain-Cruz Discusses Latin American Influences in The Met's EL NIÑO

Director Lileana Blain-Cruz discusses the Latin American artistic influences in her vibrant new production of John Adams’s El Niño in the video here!

Video: Meet the Creative Team of The Met's EL NIÑO

Watch as ahead of the Met premiere of El Niño, composer John Adams discusses his acclaimed opera-oratorio and director Lileana Blain-Cruz describes her vibrant new production.

Helen Hunt-Led BETRAYAL & More Set for Goodman Theatre 2024/25 Season

The Goodman Theatre has revealed its 2024/25 season! See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.

Soho Rep to Present World Premiere of Raja Feather Kelly's THE FIRES

Soho Rep will present The Fires, a world premiere play written and directed by Raja Feather Kelly. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.

Listen: WHITE GIRL IN DANGER Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out Now

YELLOW SOUND LABEL has released White Girl in Danger: Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording – the new musical from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Michael R. Jackson. Listen here!

Exclusive: Listen to 'Why I Kill' From Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER

The original cast album for Michael R. Jackson's White Girl in Danger will be released this Friday, March 29. We have your exclusive first listen of the song 'Why I Kill', performed by Tarra Conner Jones. Listen to the song here!

Video: Go Inside the Photo Shoot for EL NIÑO at the Metropolitan Opera

Go behind the scenes at the photo shoot for El Niño at the Metropolitan Opera, with Julia Bullock and photographer Zenith Richards in the video here!

New Musical TEETH Gets Second Extension At Playwrights Horizons

Due to popular demand, the new Off-Broadway musical TEETH has extended its run again. Get the latest updates on the show's schedule and more.

Soho Rep Gala to Honor Berwin Lee Brown New York / London Playwrights & Celebrate Raja Feather Kelly

Soho Rep’s 2024 Spring Fête will honor Berwin Lee Brown New York / London Playwrights. The evening also celebrates Raja Feather Kelly. Learn more about the event!

Patti LuPone, Jeanine Tesori's BLUE & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago 2024/25 Season

Lyric Opera of Chicago has revealed its 2024/25 Season. See the full season lineup and learn how to purchase tickets!

Paige Evans to Step Down as Signature Theatre Artistic Director

Signature Theatre Artistic Director Paige Evans will step down in June, having led the company since 2016. Learn more about the transition.

Works & Process to Present The Metropolitan Opera: EL NIÑO By John Adams

Works & Process will present The Metropolitan Opera: El Niño by John Adams. Learn more about the event and see how to purchase tickets.

Michael R. Jackson's WHITE GIRL IN DANGER Will Receive Cast Recording

An original cast album will be released for Michael R. Jackson's White Girl in Danger this month. The album will be released in streaming and digital formats from Yellow Sound Label on Friday, March 29.

Sandra Oh, Ann Harada & More to Star in THE WELKIN at Atlantic Theater Company

The complete cast has been revealed for the American premiere of The Welkin, written by Lucy Kirkwood and directed by Sarah Benson at Atlantic Theater Company. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

What Will the Neighbors Say? to Present World Premiere of THIRD LAW at Culture Lab LIC

What Will the Neighbors Say? and Culture Lab LIC will present the World Premiere of Third Law, an interactive theatrical experience created by What Will the Neighbors Say?. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces PURPLE RAIN World Premiere, KIMBERLY AKIMBO And More For 2024-2025 Broadway Season

Hennepin Theatre Trust announces the 2024-2025 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin season. Find out the exciting lineup of shows coming to Minneapolis. The lineup includes seven Minnesota premieres and four returning favorites, highlighted by recently announced pre-Broadway world premiere of Purple Rain at the historic State Theatre in 2025.

PURPLE RAIN Musical Will Premiere in Prince's Hometown of Minneapolis

The pre-Broadway world premiere stage adaptation of Prince’s legendary film and album, PURPLE RAIN, will take place in Prince’s hometown, Minneapolis, MN. We have all the details on the new msuical!

Stage Adaptation of Prince's PURPLE RAIN Will Make its World Premiere

A stage adaptation of Prince's film and album, Purple Rain, will make its World Premiere stage adaptation this year. Learn more about the musical, which is based on the film and album from the iconic performer.

Exclusive: Go Inside the Opening Night Celebration for APPROPRIATE

Get an exclusive look into the opening night celebrations for Appropriate!

Lileana Blain-Cruz FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Lileana Blain-Cruz been nominated for?

Lileana Blain-Cruz has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Musical at the Drama League Awards for "Dreaming Zenzile" and "White Girl in Danger," the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards for "The Skin Of Our Teeth," Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "The Skin of Our Teeth," Special Citations at the Obie Awards for "Marys Seacole," Outstanding Director at The Lortels for "Pipeline," and Directing at the Obie Awards for "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World."

What awards has Lileana Blain-Cruz won?

Lileana Blain-Cruz has won the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards for "The Skin Of Our Teeth." She also received Special Citations at the Obie Awards for "Marys Seacole" and won for Directing at the Obie Awards for "The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World."

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