Liesl Tommy

Liesl Tommy is an award-winning stage director returning to the Huntington having previously directed A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Ruined. Her credits include productions of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed (Broadway and The Public Theater/NYSF) starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Appropriate (Signature Theatre), Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Good Negro, UNIVERSES’s Party People, and A. Zell Williams’s Urban Retreat (The Public Theater/NYSF), Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center), Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater), The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre), and John Kander/Greg Pierce’s musical Kid Victory. Ms. Tommy is the recipient of an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Pioneer of the Arts Award, Lillian Hellman Award, Alan Schneider Award, NEA/TCG Directors Grant, New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship, and the inaugural Susan Stroman Award from the Vineyard Theatre. Ms. Tommy facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab and is a member of the Board of the Sundance Institute. She has worked at Dallas Theater Center, California Shakespeare Theater, Center Stage, Sundance East Africa, among others. Ms. Tommy serves as a program associate and artist trustee at Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Upcoming projects include Macbeth (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Harrison River’s Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival).