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Julie Taymor Biography

 
Bio:
As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated artist, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony Award nominations, with Julie receiving ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated artist, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony Award nominations, with Julie receiving ... (read complete bio)

As a Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winning and Oscar® nominated artist, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction.







Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony Award nominations, with Julie receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer. She was the first woman in theatrical history to receive the award for Best Direction of a Musical. In addition to her Tony Awards, she also received awards for her puppet, costume, and mask designs. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time; 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. The show has played over 100 cities in 19 countries, and its worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history.







Her credits also include the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater and a cinematic version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed, sold-out stage production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Additional credits: Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, which earned five Tony Award nominations including one for her direction. Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Die Zauberflöte (in repertory at the Met), The Magic Flute (the abridged English version, which inaugurated a PBS series entitled “Great Performances at the Met”); and Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel. Film credits include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida, starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe; and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, the recipient of the 2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree. She recently directed M. Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.







In 2016, Ms. Taymor created the Taymor World Theater Fellowship for enterprising American theater directors (ages 21-34) to experience a year-long immersion in theater in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, and/or the Middle East.

Julie Taymor Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Julie Taymor, A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Director of a Play
Julie Taymor, A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Costume Designer Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Director
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Costume Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Puppet Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama League Awards - 1998 - Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Gold Star
Julie Taymor
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Costume Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Director - Musical Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
The Hewes Awards - 1998 - Costume Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
The Hewes Awards - 1998 - Noteworthy/Unusual Effects Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Costume Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Costume Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Costume Design
Julie TaymorJuan Darient: A Carnival Mass
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Puppet Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Lion King
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Set Design - Musical
Julie TaymorJuan Darient: A Carnival Mass
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Direction of a Musical
Julie Taymor, Juan Darien
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Scenic Design
Julie Taymor, Juan Darien
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Costume Design
Julie Taymor, The Tempest
 
Tony Awards - 1989 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Scott Wentworth, Welcome to the Club
 
Obie Awards - 1988 - Direction Gold Star
Julie TaymorJuan Darien
 
The Hewes Awards - 1988 - Concept Pupperty and Masks Gold Star
Julie Taymor, Juan Darien
 
Obie Awards - 1985 - Special Citations Gold Star
Julie Taymor
 
The Hewes Awards - 1980 - Scenic, Costume and Puppet Design Gold Star
Julie Taymor, The Haggadah