Des McAnuff Director

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Des is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former artistic director of Canada’s Stratford Festival. He is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where as Artistic Director he staged over 30 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. He’s co-founder of Broadway’s Dodgers. BroadwayAin’t Too Proud, SummerDoctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ SuperstarGuys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth InventionJersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award: Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula the MusicalHow to Succeed…, The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Director), A Walk in the WoodsBig River (Tony Awards: Best Director, Best Musical). Selected New York: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW), multiple productions at The Public and BAM. Stratford highlights: A Word or TwoCaesar and Cleopatra, The Tempest (all with Christopher Plummer). OperaFaust (The Met, ENO). TV: 700 Sundays (HBO). Film: Cousin Bette (with Jessica Lange, director), The Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award) and Quills (executive producer). In 2011, he was honored with a doctorate from Ryerson University where he attended theatre school. In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.