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Tazewell Thompson BIO

Tazewell Thompson is an internationally acclaimed theater and opera director and award-winning playwright. He has directing credits, more than 150, many world and American premieres, in major opera houses and theaters across the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Africa, Japan and Canada. His award-winning play, Constant Star, has had 16 productions in major theaters across the country; Mary T & Lizzy K, commissioned by Molly Smith and produced at Arena Stage, is the recipient of The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award; author of Jam & Spice; an adaptation of A Christmas Carol; and a contributing writer to Our War, short plays for Arena Stage. His a cappella musical Jubilee: Fisk Jubilee Singers had its world premiere spring of 2019 at Arena Stage. He has play commissions from Lincoln Center Theatre and People’s Light & Theatre Company. His production of Porgy and Bess, broadcast Live from Lincoln Center, received EMMY Award nominations for Best Director, and Best Production, classical music. He holds the record of directing three productions: Appomattox/ Philip Glass, Lost in the Stars/ Kurt Weill, and Cato in Utica/ Vivaldi, all in the same season in three different theaters at The Kennedy Center. His opera Blue, with composer Jeanine Tesori, commissioned by Francesca Zambello, had its world premiere in July 2019, at Glimmerglass Festival; followed by the world premiere of Freedom Ride/ Dan Shore for Chicago Opera Theatre.

Tazewell Thompson STAGE CREDITS


West Indian Student

Tazewell Thompson Productions

[Regional (US), 2005]
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
[Broadway, 2000]
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1987]
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1985]

Tazewell Thompson Awards and Nominations

Helen Hayes Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Director, Resident Production

Tazewell ThompsonJar the Floor

Helen Hayes Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Director, Resident Production

Tazewell ThompsonFences

Olivier Awards - 1989 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production

Tazewell ThompsonAbyssinia

Tazewell Thompson News

Single Tickets on Sale 6/20 for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2024/25 Season

Single tickets go on sale Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. Central Time for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2024/25 Season, an exciting mix of four classic operas, two contemporary works never before performed in Chicago, three unmissable special concerts and recitals featuring the biggest names in the vocal arts, and the return of a popular event providing an insider's glimpse into opera for all ages.
Lyric Opera Of Chicago Names Karen Slack As Its Newest Artist-in-Residence

Karen Slack has joined Lyric Opera of Chicago as the newest Artist-in-Residence, bringing her acclaimed talent and experience to the renowned opera company. Learn more about Slack!
Ana Karneža Of Slovenia Wins First Prize In 2024 Lenya Competition

Ana Karneža of Slovenia wins the 2024 Lenya Competition with a remarkable performance, earning a $25,000 prize. Learn more about the competition and the winner!
Arena Stage Unveils New Sponsorship With 'Crown Castle' For Allen Lee Hughes BIPOC Fellowship

Arena Stage will launch a new sponsorship with Crown Castle for the Allen Lee Hughes BIPOC Fellowship, furthering their commitment to diversity in the arts.
Atlanta Opera Presents Its Third Annual 96-Hour Opera Festival

Join the Atlanta Opera for its third annual 96-Hour Opera festival from June 15-17. The event features the world premiere of 'Forsyth County is Flooding (with the Joy of Lake Lanier)'.
Ten Singing Actors Selected as Finalists in 2024 Lotte Lenya Competition

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has named the ten exceptional singing actors who will compete for a top prize of $25,000 in the final round of the twenty-sixth annual Lenya Competition, the internationally renowned theatrical singing contest.
Seattle Opera Appoints Kenneth Kellogg as Inaugural Artistic Ambassador

General Director Christina Scheppelmann announced the appointment of bass Kenneth Kellogg as Seattle Opera’s inaugural Artistic Ambassador.
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!
OPERA America Announces the Recipients of 2024 Repertoire Development Grants

OPERA America has announced the recipients of its 2024 Repertoire Development Grants.
Kurt Weill Foundation Reveals Semifinalists for 2024 Lenya Competition

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has identified the twenty rising singer-actors who have advanced to the Lenya Competition's semifinal round.
VIDEO: Washington National Opera Presents The 11th Season Of American Opera Initiative Featuring Three World Premieres

Washington National Opera will present the 11th season of American Opera Initiative (AOI), an acclaimed initiative to commission and present new American operas, on January 19, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. T
PAGLIACCI, THE MAGIC FLUTE & More Set for Seattle Opera 2024/25 Season

Seattle Opera has unveiled its 2024/25 season. Learn about the productions and see how to purchase tickets!
Washington National Opera to Present The 11th Season Of American Opera Initiative Featuring Three World Premieres

Washington National Opera will present the 11th season of American Opera Initiative featuring three world premieres of 20-minute chamber operas.
Washington National Opera to Present THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME in December

Washington National Opera will present 'The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me,' a family opera retelling the Nativity story. Don't miss this enchanting production at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater from December 8-10.
Billie Holiday Musical Continues Syracuse Stage 50th Anniversary Season

Syracuse Stage continues its 50th Anniversary Season with “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” by Lanie Roberston, a jukebox musical that takes an unflinching look at the life and times of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. Learn more about the show and find out how to get tickets here!
Washington National Opera Presents Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET, November 4�"18

Washington National Opera presents Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Simon Godwin and starring Adam Smith and Rosa Feola.
Washington National Opera to Present GROUNDED World Premiere by Jeanine Tesori and George Brant

Experience the world premiere of GROUNDED, an exciting new production by Jeanine Tesori and George Brant, at the Washington National Opera. Find out the dates, venue, and ticket information for this eagerly anticipated event. Don't miss your chance to witness this groundbreaking performance.
Arena Stage Reveals Cast for POTUS

Get the latest updates on the cast announcement for 'POTUS' at Arena Stage. Find out who will be performing in this highly-anticipated show. Don't miss your chance to see this exciting production.
Opera San José Launches Season With All-New ROMEO & JULIET

Opera San José will launch its 40th anniversary season with an all-new production of Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, directed by OSJ General Director/CEO Shawna Lucey, in her first production since taking the helm of the company. Romeo and Juliet follows on the heels of Lucey's critically acclaimed La Traviata for San Francisco Opera, which is scheduled to be remounted at Los Angeles Opera this fall.
OPERA America Awards $200,000 In Next Stage Grants Supporting Subsequent Productions Of North American Works

OPERA America has announced grants totaling $200,000 to six American opera companies through its Next Stage Grants program.


How many Broadway shows has Tazewell Thompson been in?

Tazewell Thompson has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Tazewell Thompson been in?

Tazewell Thompson has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Tazewell Thompson been nominated for?

Tazewell Thompson has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Director, Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Jar the Floor" and "Fences." He was also nominated for Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production at the Olivier Awards for "Abyssinia."

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