Des McAnuff Biography

Des McAnuff
Des McAnuff

received Tony Awards for his Broadway stagings of Big River (1985) and The Who's Tommy (1993). He directed Lee Blessing's A Walk in the Woods on Broadway in 1988 and in Moscow and Lithuania in 1989-90. He is Director in Residence of the La Jolla Playhouse where he was Artistic Director from its 1983 revival until 1994, during which time the theatre won more than 200 awards for excellence. For the Playhouse, he directed Romeo and Juliet, A Mad World, My Masters, Big River, As You Like It, The Sea Gull, The Matchmaker, A Walk in the Woods, Two Rooms, 80 Days, Macbeth, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters, Elmer Gantry, Much Ado About Nothing, The Who's Tommy and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. McAnuff's play, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, was produced in Toronto and New York City, where it received the Soho Arts Award. A cofounder of Dodger Theatre, he directed its first production, Gimme Shelter (SoHo Arts Award), as well as Mary Stuart and How It All Began, when the theatre moved to the New York Shakespeare Festival. McAnuff staged Henry IV, Part One for Joseph Papp in Central Park and was awarded a Rockefeller grant for his play, The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, which he directed at the Public Theater (SoHo Villager Award). He has directed for the American Repertory Theater at Harvard, Yale Rep and Stratford Festival of Canada and is a former faculty member of the Juilliard School. McAnuff is married to actress Susan Berman and they are the proud parents of Julia Violet.

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Recent Performances of works by Des McAnuff
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Villagers Theatre 7/24/2015
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Mystic Vision Players 7/20/2012
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Surflight Theatre 7/12/2005
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Allegro Productions 7/11/2003
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Stagecrafters Inc. 11/1/2002
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Triple Threat Foundation for the Arts 5/4/2001
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Cabaret Theatre 10/11/2000
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Allegro Productions 10/1/1999
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 6/24/1998
The Who's Tommy ...... (Book) Phoenix Productions 7/13/1997
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