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Ethan McSweeny Biography

 
Bio:
Ethan McSweeny's work as a theatre director includes the Broadway premiere of John Grisham's A Time to Kill and the 2000 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards); the New York premieres of John Logan's Never the Sinner (Drama Desk & Outer ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Ethan McSweeny's work as a theatre director includes the Broadway premiere of John Grisham's A Time to Kill and the 2000 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards); the New York premieres of John Logan's Never the Sinner (Drama Desk & Outer ... (read complete bio)

Ethan McSweeny's work as a theatre director includes the Broadway premiere of John Grisham's A Time to Kill and the 2000 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards); the New York premieres of John Logan's Never the Sinner (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards), Kate Fodor's Rx at Primary Stages, her 100 Saints You Should Know at Playwrights Horizons, and Jason Grote's time-bending 1001 for Page 73 (both named "Top Ten" in TimeOut and Entertainment Weekly magazines), as well as Willy Holtzman's Sabina at Primary Stages, and a landmark revival of Aeschylus' The Persians in a new translation by Ellen McLaughlin for Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre.

His work has been recognized with multiple Helen Hayes, Jefferson, Barrymore, San Diego Critics Circle, Ovation, OCIE, Star-Tribune, and "Best Of" nominations and citations. From 2004-2011, McSweeny was the co-artistic director of the Chautauqua Theatre Company, a summer theatre on the grounds of the renowned Chautauqua Institution that under his leadership built a national reputation for the cultivation of the finest emerging theatre artists in the country and the development of exciting and relevant new work for the stage. Originally from Washington, DC, McSweeny received the first degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts ever conferred by Columbia University. He is an Affiliated Artist at The Shakespeare Theatre, a member of the Wingspace Design Collective, Resident Director at Chautauqua Theatre Company, and serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of SDC, the national labor union representing stage directors and choreographers.

Ethan McSweeny Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Director, Resident Play
Ethan McSweenyA Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director, Resident Play
Ethan McSweenyMajor Barbara
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Director, Resident Play
Ethan McSweenyNever the Sinner
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Director - Play
Ethan McSweeny, Never the Sinner