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Landau's early work included site specific productions with New York City's En Garde Arts, including Orestes and The Trojan Women: A Love Story, both by Charles L. Mee, as well as her original play "Stonewall: Night Variations." Floyd Collins, with a book by Landau and a score by Adam Guettel, opened off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1996. Landau was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, and the production won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. A later version of the show played at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, The Goodman Theater in Chicago, and The Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia (where it was originally commissioned and produced.)

In 1997, she became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she has directed numerous productions including The Wheel, The Hot L Baltimore, Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brother/Sister Plays and Head of Passes, The Tempest, The Time of Your Life (which later moved to Seattle Rep and A.C.T.), The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cherry Orchard, Theatrical Essays, Time to Burn, Berlin Circle, and The Ballad of Little Jo.

She made her Broadway debut directing the 2001 revival of Bells Are Ringing with Faith Prince, and in 2009 she returned to Broadway with the Steppenwolf production of Tracy Letts' Superior Donuts. In February 2015 Nickelodeon announced that she had been tapped to co-adapt and direct SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical, a stage adaptation of SpongeBob SquarePants. The show opened on Broadway on December 4, 2017. For SpongeBob SquarePants, Landau was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical at the 72nd Tony Awards. She won Best Director of a Musical at both the 2018 Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the production won for Best Musical in both awards as well.

Landau's other New York City directing credits include Old Hats (with Bill Irwin and David Shiner) at the Signature Theater, Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas at New York Theatre Workshop, Charles L. Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0 at the Signature, Dream True, Mary Rose, Miracle Brothers and Wig Out!, all at the Vineyard Theater, as well as In the Red and Brown Water, Space, and Saturn Returns all at The Public Theater.

Landau's many other regional credits include Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the McCarter Theater and Papermill Playhouse, Of Thee I Sing at Papermill, The Cure at Troy at Seattle Rep, Zack Zadek's Deathless at Goodspeed Musicals, and the musical Dave at Arena Stage.

In addition to Floyd Collins, Landau's writing includes book and lyrics for Dream True and States of Independence, both with scores by Ricky Ian Gordon, the plays Beauty at La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Critics Best Play), Space at Steppenwolf, the Public, and the Mark Taper Forum (TIME magazine Top Ten), Stonewall: Night Variations, and 1969 (or Howie Takes a Trip). With Anne Bogart, Landau has co-authored The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition.

Landau has taught at Yale University and the Yale School of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Columbia University.

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Drama Desk Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2018 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

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Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Direction of a Musical

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The Lortels - 2013 - Outstanding Director

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On Monday night, Jessica Lange appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about her role in Mother Play as Phyllis, the matriarch of the family. Though she has worked extensively onstage (she was last seen on Broadway in the four-hour epic Long Day's Journey into Night,) this was the first time Lange has originated a role in a new work. Watch the video here!

Video: Jim Parsons Talks Playing a 14-Year Old in MOTHER PLAY on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON

On Monday night, Jim Parsons appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about his role as Carl in Paula Vogel's Mother Play. Specifically, he discussed his approach to playing a 'floppy' 14-year old who lounges all over the furniture. Mother Play began previews April 3 and will officially open on April 25, 2024 at the Hayes Theater. Watch the video here!

Photos: New Photos of Idina Menzel and More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse

All new photos have been posted on social media featuring Idina Menzel and the company of Redwood, the new musical that just made its World Premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse. Check out the photos here!

Meet the Cast of MOTHER PLAY, Beginning Previews Tonight on Broadway

Second Stage Theater's Mother Play will begin previews on Broadway tonight, April 3. Meet the cast of Mother Play here!

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld March 27, 2024

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Second Stage Theater's Mother Play has delayed its first preview. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.

Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for Paula Vogel's MOTHER PLAY

'There are not a lot of mother plays written by women. I understand why... there's guilt, the understanding of how hard it is for women,' explained playwright Paula Vogel in a break from rehearsals for her aptly named, Mother Play. In this video, watch as the full cast and creative team gets ready for Broadway.

Photos: Meet the Company of MOTHER PLAY on Broadway

Next up from Second Stage Theater is the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s Mother Play! The cast and creative team met the press yesterday, and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out photos here!

Listen: Idina Menzel Sings 'Great Escape' from New Musical REDWOOD

Listen as Idina Menzel sings 'Great Escape' from the New Musical Redwood. Redwood began its sold-out World Premiere engagement at La Jolla Playhouse on February 13, where it runs through March 31, 2024 at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

Up on the Marquee: MOTHER PLAY

Next up from Second Stage Theater is the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s Mother Play, directed by Tina Landau. Check out photos for the Broadway marquee here!

Review: REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse

In REDWOOD, a new musical by Kate Diaz, and Tina Landau partially conceived by Idina Menzel and enjoying a visually arresting if somewhat simplistic world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, Menzell confronts something even more formidable than encroaching yuppie cyber cafes, enraged Oz-ians or life-altering roads not taken….

Review: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE MUSICAL at Cedar Park Middle School Performing Arts

When a friend called me and invited me to join her for a middle school production of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS:THE MUSICAL last week, I think it fair to say it wasn’t high on this reviewer’s list of things to do on a free Saturday night.

Bennett Leak Will Be Second Stage Theater's Interim Artistic Director

Second Stage Theater has announced that Bennett Leak, Second Stage Theater's Director of Artistic Production, has been named Interim Artistic Director for the 2024-25 Season.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 27, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is February 27, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Review Roundup: Critics Sound Off on REDWOOD Starring Idina Menzel at La Jolla Playhouse

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Photos: Get A First Look at Idina Menzel & More in REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse

Get a first look at Idina Menzel and company in Redwood, the new musical now on stage in its World Premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse through March 31st, 2024. 

Review: REDWOOD Looks to Turn Tragedy Into Transformation at La Jolla Playhouse

REDWOOD, the world premiere musical now playing at the La Jolla Playhouse offers soaring visuals and vocals in a story that tackles how to turn tragedy into transformation.

Interview: Tina Landau On Collaborating With Idina Menzel On REDWOOD & More

Redwood, the new musical starring Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel is now on stage in its World Premiere production at La Jolla Playhouse, where it will run through March 31st, 2024. We spoke with director Tina Landau about collaborating with Menzel and bringing Redwood Forest to life on stage.

Video: Watch Idina Menzel Get Ready for REDWOOD Climbing Trees and Buildings

Watch Idina Menzel and Tina Landau discuss climbing trees and buildings in preparation for REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse (and see footage) here!

Performances Begin Tonight for REDWOOD World Premiere Starring Idina Menzel at La Jolla Playhouse

Redwood, the new musical starring Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, begins its World Premiere engagement at La Jolla Playhouse. Learn more about this new show, and learn how to purchase tickets.

Tina Landau FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Tina Landau written?

Tina Landau has written 4 shows including Dream True: My Life with Vernon Dixon (Bookwriter), Floyd Collins (Lyricist), Space (Playwright), The Spongebob Musical (Co-Conceiver).

What awards has Tina Landau been nominated for?

Tina Landau has been nominated for several awards for her work in the theater. These nominations include Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "SpongeBob SquarePants." She was also nominated for Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for the same production. Additionally, Landau received a nomination for Outstanding Director at The Lortels for "A Civil War Christmas."

What awards has Tina Landau won?

Tina Landau has won the Outstanding Director of a Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants and the Outstanding Director of a Musical award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for SpongeBob SquarePants.

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