Jack O’Brien

Jack O'Brien

JACK O’BRIEN- Jack O’Brien is a renowned and distinguished American director, producer, writer and lyricist. Mr. O’Brien has won 3 TONY AWARDS for Best Direction, was nominated for 8 more, and has 5 DRAMA DESK AWARDS to his name. He has directed and produced hit musicals like Hairspray and The Full Monty, contemporary dramas such as The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia, and Shakespearean classics like Hamlet, Henry IV, and Macbeth. Mr. O’Brien’s body of work extends to over 40 award-winning Broadway shows including Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Front Page, It’s Only a Play, Damn Yankees, The Nance, Dead Accounts, The Most Happy Fella, Impressionism, Imaginary Friends, More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, Pride’s Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award, best director),Two Shakespearean Actors, Porgy and Bess, and the currently running new Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Additional credits include Metropolitan Opera: Il Trittico. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Public Theater Central Park: Much Ado About Nothing. London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier nomination). National Theatre: His Girl Friday. Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre, 1981-2007. Six productions for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” Books: Jack Be Nimble, publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Awards
• 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play – The Piano Lesson
• 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – The Invention of Love
• 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Hairspray
• 2003 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Hairspray
• 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – Henry IV
• 2004 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Henry IV
• 2007 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – The Coast of Utopia
• 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – The Coast of Utopia
• 2007 Induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame [17]
Nominations
• 1977 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Porgy and Bess
• 1977 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Porgy and Bess
• 1989 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – The Cocktail Hour
• 1990 Tony Award for Best Play – The Piano Lesson
• 1992 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Two Shakespearean Actors
• 1992 Tony Award for Best Play – Two Trains Running
• 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – The Full Monty
• 2001 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – The Full Monty
• 2001 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – The Invention of Love
• 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


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