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Tina Landau is a writer, director and teacher whose work includes directing/conceiving SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical, Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes (Steppenwolf, The Public and the Mark Taper Forum), WIG OUT! (Vineyard Theatre), and In the Red and Brown Water (The Public), Bill Irwin/David Shiner's Old Hats, Chuck Mee's Big Love and Iphigenia 2.0 (all Signature Theatre), Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas (New York Theatre Workshop) and her musical Floyd Collins (also bookwriter/additional lyrics, Playwrights Horizons). On Broadway, Landau has also directed Tracy Letts's Superior Donuts and the revival of Bells are Ringing. At Steppenwolf, where she is an ensemble member, directing credits include The Wheel, Hot L Baltimore, The Brother/Sister Plays, The Tempest, The Time of Your Life (also Seattle Rep, ACT), The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cherry Orchard, The Ballad of Little Jo, Berlin Circle and her own play Space (also Mark Taper Forum, the Public). Landau has co-authored The Viewpoints Book with Anne Bogart and has taught regularly at such schools as Yale, Columbia, Harvard and Northwestern. Upcoming projects include a follow-up book with Bogart, Viewpoints on Viewpoints, and the premiere of the new musical Dave in spring 2018 at Arena Stage. Awards: USA Fellow, Princess Grace Award, TCG/NEA Director Fellowship, Pew, J. Alton Jones and Rockefeller Awards.

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[Washington, DC (Regional), 2018]
[Chicago, 2018]
[Broadway, 2017]
[Chester, CT (Regional), 2017]
[Chicago, 2016]
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
[Off-Broadway, 2015] [Replacement]
[Broadway, 2009]
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2004]
[New York, 2004]
[New York, 2003]
[Broadway, 2001]
[Chicago, 2000]
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
[Off-Broadway, 1996]



Tina Landau Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Direction of a Musical

Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants

The Lortels - 2013 - Outstanding Director

Tina LandauA Civil War Christmas

Tina Landau Videos

Tina Landau News

Interview: Peppermint Speaks Her Truth in A TRANSPARENT MUSICAL

Next up at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, the world premiere of A Transparent Musical opening May 31, 2023 (with previews beginning May 20th). Tina Landau directs this new musical based on the hit Amazon Prime original TV show by Joey Soloway. I got the chance to chat with Peppermint who plays Davina, the Alexandra Billings’ role on the TV show Transparent.

Cast Set for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Presented by Kokandy Productions

Kokandy Productions has announced the cast for The SpongeBob Musical, playing June 22 – August 20, 2023 at The Chopin Theatre.

Mother's Day Concert With John Pizzarelli Comes To The Venetian Room This Month

This show marks Bay Area Cabaret's 2022-23 Season finale, and features Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli; his wife Broadway singer/actress, Jessica Molaskey; and the San Francisco debut of their daughter, singer/songwriter, Maddie Pizzarelli.

Lorna Dallas Returns To NYC Stage With GLAMOROUS NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Award winner Lorna Dallas is making a welcome return to the New York Stage in Barry Kleinbort/Christopher Denny helmed new musical cabaret.

The Fled Collective Announces Complete Casting For SWAY Workshop Production At The Flea Theater

The Fled Collective has announced complete casting for the workshop production of SWAY, written by SMJ and directed by Daniella Caggiano. The strictly limited engagement will begin performances in The Siggy at The Flea Theater on May 19 and runs through May 27. Tickets are $25 and available through Eventbrite. The Fled Collective will also be offering free tickets to patrons who identify as members of the global majority.

Lorna Dallas to Bring GLAMOROUS NIGHTS AND RAINY DAYS to The Laurie Beechman Theatre

The Laurie Beechman Theatre will present Lorna Dallas in her latest musical feast, “Glamorous Nights and Rainy Days,” in a two-night engagement - Saturday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 17 - both shows at 7pm.

Peppermint, Daya Curley, Sarah Stiles & More to Star in A TRANSPARENT MUSICAL at Center Theatre Group

The cast of A Transparent Musical, from the creators of the hit Amazon series, has now been determined. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: First Look at the UK Tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

All new photos have been released from the UK tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL! Check out the photos here!

La MaMa Announces International Slate For This Summer At La MaMa Umbria

Artistic directors from eight international theater companies – representing Palestine, Russia, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, US and Ukraine – will lead workshops for directors at La MaMa's 24th Annual International Symposium in Spoleto, Umbria, with residencies July 10 to August 8, 2023, it has been announced by David J. Diamond, Curator of La MaMa Umbria International, an essential program for experimental theater artists since 1990.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL to Run June Through September at Kokandy Productions

This summer, dive into Bikini Bottom as Kokandy Productions kicks off its 2023 season with Nickelodeon’s The Spongebob Musical, directed by JD Caudill.


Bated Breath Theatre Company and RRR Productions have optioned Susan Cain's New York Times #1 bestselling book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole and will adapt it for the stage. Acclaimed theater-maker, Mara Lieberman, will write the adaptation in collaboration with Cain.

Photos: Musical Theatre of Anthem Presents THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces their upcoming production of The SpongeBob Musical, a musical extravaganza with songs written by the most popular recording artists such as Aerosmith, John Legend, and Sara Bareilles. Fans of the show will be highly entertained by the stage version, but even if you have no knowledge of the television version, the stage production will surely not disappoint! See first look photos of the cast.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL & AMERICAN PSYCHO Set for Kokandy Productions 2023 Season

Kokandy Productions has announced its 2023 season, including two fully produced musicals, plus plans for the return of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. See how to purchase tickets!

Tom Read Wilson Will Star as Squidward in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL UK Tour

Television star Tom Read Wilson will star as Squidward in the UK Premiere of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, joining the previously announced Divina de Campo as Plankton.

Photos: Grand Prairie Arts Council Presents THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

The Grand Prairie Arts Council presents THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, written by Kyle Jarrow, with musical production conceived by Tina Landau, and co-direction by Leslie Navarro and Spencer Bovaird. The show runs March 17 - 26, 2023, at the Uptown Theater located at 120 E Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050.

A Look Back at Stephanie Hsu on Broadway

Before she was an Oscar nominee for her breakout performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once, Stephanie Hsu starred in Broadway musicals like SpongeBob Squarepants and Be More Chill. Ahead of the Oscars, take a look back on Hsu's Broadway career through photos and videos now!

Review: 4 Reasons SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL at First Stage Will Float Your Family's Boat

SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL at First Stage in Milwaukee is an eye-popping, laugh-aloud, cartoonish romp under the sea.

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For the UK Tour of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

All new photos have been released from inside the rehearsal room for THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL! Check out the photos here!

Review: Southmoore Has A Bikini Bottom Day With SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS THE MUSICAL

The Southmoore High School Spring production is SpongeBob The Musical. This whimsical take on the popular 1990s cartoon features a star-studded lineup of original tunes by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Lady A, and more. The large ensemble cast is having the time of their lives with this fish tale.

Grand Prairie Arts Council to Present THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL This Month

The Grand Prairie Arts Council will present THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, written by Kyle Jarrow, with musical production conceived by Tina Landau, and co-direction by Leslie Navarro and Spencer Bovaird. The show runs March 17 - 26, 2023, at the Uptown Theater.


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).

Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for SpongeBob SquarePants , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for SpongeBob SquarePants Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for SpongeBob SquarePants and Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for A Civil War Christmas .

Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for SpongeBob SquarePantsand Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for SpongeBob SquarePants.

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