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Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Director of A Play
Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Director
Awarded forOutstanding Director of a Play
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held bySam Mendes for The Ferryman (2019)
WebsiteDramaDeskAwards.com

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The awards were established in 1955, with the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director being presented to directors of both plays and musicals. The new award categories were later created in the 1975 ceremony.

+ - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
? - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees

1970s

1980s

Year Director Production
1980
Vivian Matalon Morning's at Seven +
Kevin Conway Mecca
Gordon Davidson Children of a Lesser God ?
Lynne Gannaway and Robert Kalfin Strider
Marshall W. Mason Talley's Folly ?
Alan Schneider Loose Ends
1981
Peter Hall Amadeus +
Melvin Bernhardt Crimes of the Heart ?
Geraldine Fitzgerald Mass Appeal ?
Douglas Seale The Winslow Boy
1982
Tommy Tune Cloud Nine
Athol Fugard "Master Harold"...and the Boys ?
Jacques Levy Potsdam Quartet
John Tillinger Entertaining Mr Sloane
Douglas Turner Ward A Soldier's Play
1983
Trevor Nunn All's Well That Ends Well ?
Robert Allan Ackerman Extremities
Michael Bennett Third Street
George C. Scott Present Laughter
Arthur Sherman The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
Gary Sinise True West
1984
Michael Blakemore Noises Off ?
Lee Grant A Private View
Gerald Gutierrez Isn't It Romantic
Terry Kinney And a Nightingale Sang
Gregory Mosher Glengarry Glen Ross ?
Mike Nichols The Real Thing +
1985
John Malkovich Balm in Gilead
Ron Lagomarsino Digby
Marshall W. Mason As Is ?
Gene Saks Biloxi Blues +
Claudia Weill Found a Peanut
1986
Jerry Zaks The Marriage of Bette & Boo
The House of Blue Leaves +
Liviu Ciulei Hamlet
Jonathan Miller Long Day's Journey into Night ?
Mary B. Robinson Lemon Sky
Gary Sinise Orphans
John Tillinger It's Only a Play
Loot ?
1987
Howard Davies Les Liaisons Dangereuses ?
Simon Gray and Michael McGuire The Common Pursuit
Ron Lagomarsino Driving Miss Daisy
Lloyd Richards Fences +
Carole Rothman Coastal Disturbances ?
Gene Saks Broadway Bound
1988
John Dexter M. Butterfly +
W. H. Macy Boys' Life
Lynne Meadow Woman in Mind
Gregory Mosher Speed-the-Plow ?
Lloyd Richards Joe Turner's Come and Gone ?
1989
Jerry Zaks Lend Me a Tenor +
Simon Callow Shirley Valentine
Robin Lefèvre Aristocrats
Jack O'Brien The Cocktail Hour
Norman René Reckless
Daniel Sullivan The Heidi Chronicles ?

1990s

Year Director Production
1990
Frank Galati The Grapes of Wrath +
Roger Michell Some Americans Abroad
Adrian Noble The Art of Success
Norman René Prelude to a Kiss
Lloyd Richards The Piano Lesson ?
1991
Jerry Zaks Six Degrees of Separation +
Michael Greif Machinal
Richard Jones La Bête ?
Kevin Kline Hamlet
1992
Patrick Mason Dancing at Lughnasa +
JoAnne Akalaitis 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Michael Bloom Sight Unseen
David Chambers Search and Destroy
Mark Wing-Davey Mad Forest
1993
George C. Wolfe Angels in America: Millennium Approaches +
Christopher Ashley Jeffrey
Adrian Hall As You Like It
Ariane Mnouchkine Les Atrides
Daniel Sullivan The Sisters Rosensweig ?
1994
Stephen Daldry An Inspector Calls +
JoAnne Akalaitis In the Summer House
Jonathan Kent Medea
Mark Wing-Davey The Lights
Mary Zimmerman Arabian Nights
1995
Gerald Gutierrez The Heiress +
Declan Donnellan As You Like It
David Esbjornson Iphigenia and Other Daughters
Emily Mann Having Our Say ?
Joe Mantello Love! Valour! Compassion! ?
Sean Mathias Indiscretions ?
1996
Gerald Gutierrez A Delicate Balance +
Scott Elliott The Monogamist
Doug Hughes The Grey Zone
Adrian Noble A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lloyd Richards Seven Guitars ?
George C. Wolfe The Tempest
1997
Mark Brokaw How I Learned to Drive
Robert La Page The Seven Streams of the River Ota
Lynne Meadow Nine Armenians
Deborah Warner The Waste Land
Mark Wing-Davey The Skriker
1998
Michael Mayer A View from the Bridge ?
Side Man
Scott Elliott Goose-Pimples
James Houghton The American Clock
Garry Hynes The Beauty Queen of Leenane +
Joe Mantello Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'Schmucks'
Simon McBurney The Chairs ?
1999
Trevor Nunn Not About Nightingales ?
Derek Anson Jones Wit
Howard Davies The Iceman Cometh ?
Robert Falls Death of a Salesman +
Patrick Marber Closer
Nicholas Martin Betty's Summer Vacation

2000s

Year Director Production
2000
Michael Blakemore Copenhagen +
Thomas Hulce and Jane Jones The Cider House Rules (Part One)
James Lapine Dirty Blonde ?
Michael Mayer Uncle Vanya
Marion McClinton Jitney
Daniel J. Sullivan Dinner with Friends
2001
Jack O'Brien The Invention of Love ?
Mark Brokaw Lobby Hero
Michael Greif Dogeaters
Philip Seymour Hoffman Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train
Jonathan Kent Richard II
Matthew Warchus The Unexpected Man
2002
Mary Zimmerman Metamorphoses +
Howard Davies Private Lives ?
Richard Eyre The Crucible ?
Carl Forsman The Voice of the Turtle
Neil LaBute The Shape of Things
Bartlett Sher Cymbeline
2003
Robert Falls Long Day's Journey into Night ?
Philip Seymour Hoffman Our Lady of 121st Street
Joe Mantello Take Me Out +
Sam Mendes Twelfth Night
Uncle Vanya
Deborah Warner Medea ?
2004
Jack O'Brien Henry IV +
Hilary Adams Moby Dick
Dexter Bullard Bug
Edward Hall A Midsummer Night's Dream
Moisés Kaufman I Am My Own Wife ?
Kenny Leon A Raisin in the Sun
2005
Doug Hughes Doubt +
Josh Carlebach Frankenstein
Scott Elliott Hurlyburly
Scott Ellis Twelve Angry Men ?
Edward Hall Rose Rage
Joe Mantello Glengarry Glen Ross ?
2006
Nicholas Hytner The History Boys +
Alan Ayckbourn Private Fears in Public Places
Gisela Cardenas Agamemnon
Daniel J. Sullivan Stuff Happens
Robert Wilson Peer Gynt
Jerry Zaks The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
2007
Jack O'Brien The Coast of Utopia +
Declan Donnellan Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage Frost/Nixon ?
Doug Hughes Inherit the Wind
Ciaran O'Reilly The Hairy Ape
Tom Ridgely Marco Millions
2008
Anna D. Shapiro August: Osage County +
David Schweizer Horizon
Leigh Silverman From Up Here
Jonathan Silverstein The Dining Room
Matthew Warchus Boeing-Boeing ?
Deborah Warner Happy Days
2009
Matthew Warchus The Norman Conquests ?
Sarah Benson Blasted
Michael Blakemore Blithe Spirit
Garry Hynes The Cripple of Inishmaan
Terry Kinney reasons to be pretty
Kate Whoriskey Ruined

2010s

Year Director Production
2010
Michael Grandage Red +
Jonathan Bank So Help Me God!
Jack Cummings III The Boys in the Band
Sam Gold Circle Mirror Transformation
Michael Grandage Hamlet
Ethan Hawke A Lie of the Mind
2011
Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe The Normal Heart ?
Trip Cullman A Small Fire
Moisés Kaufman Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Davis McCallum A Bright New Boise
Daniel J. Sullivan The Merchant of Venice ?
Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock Baby Universe
2012
Mike Nichols Death of a Salesman +
Jo Bonney By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
David Cromer Tribes
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar These Seven Sicknesses
Sam Mendes Richard III
Tony Speciale Unnatural Acts
2013
Pam MacKinnon Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? +
Lear de Bessonet The Good Person of Szechwan
Sam Gold Uncle Vanya
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Restoration Comedy
Lynne Meadow The Assembled Parties
Ruben Santiago-Hudson The Piano Lesson
2014
Tim Carroll Twelfth Night ?
Joe Calarco A Christmas Carol
Thomas Kail Family Furniture
Bill Rauch All the Way
Anna D. Shapiro Domesticated
Julie Taymor A Midsummer Night's Dream
2015
Marianne Elliott The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time +
Jeremy Herrin Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two ?
Anne Kauffman You Got Older
Lila Neugebauer The Wayside Motor Inn
Austin Pendleton Between Riverside and Crazy
Joe Tantalo Deliverance
John Tiffany Let the Right One In
2016
Ivo van Hove A View from the Bridge +
Rachel Chavkin The Royale
Sam Gold John
Rupert Goold King Charles III ?
Joe Mantello The Humans ?
Jenn Thompson Women Without Men
2017
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Jitney ?
Anne Kauffman A Life
Richard Nelson What Did You Expect? and Women of a Certain Age
Daniel J. Sullivan The Little Foxes ?
If I Forget
2018
John Tiffany Harry Potter and the Cursed Child +
Marianne Elliott Angels in America ?
Jeremy Herrin People, Places and Things
Joe Mantello Three Tall Women ?
Lila Neugebauer Miles for Mary
Simon Stone Yerma
2019
Sam Mendes The Ferryman +
Sarah Benson Fairview
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin The Jungle
Tyne Rafaeli Usual Girls
Taylor Reynolds Plano
Jeff Wise Life Sucks

See also

References

  • "Drama Desk Award for Director of a Play". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved .

External links


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