"Look to the Lady": A Look Back at Female Tony Nominees for Best Director

By Carey Purcell
06 Jun 2014

Julie Taymor
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Graciela Daniele

A ten-time Tony nominee, Daniele has choreographed the musicals Ragtime, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Rink and The Pirates of Penzance, among others. Her directing credits include Once On This Island, for which she received a Tony nomination in 1991.

Eleanor Reissa

A fellow Tony nominee in 1991, Reissa directed Those Were the Days, a revue of Yiddish songs, dances and sketches conceived by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld.

Emily Mann

Mann's directing credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Anna in the Tropics and Execution of Justice. She received a Tony nomination in 1995 for directing Having Our Say.

Julie Taymor

After being nominated in 1997 for Juan Darien, Taymor made history in 1998 when she won the Tony for Best Director of a Musical for helming the stage adaptation of Disney's The Lion King

Read Playbill.com's interview with Julie Taymor here

Garry Hynes

Hynes also made history that year when she won the Tony for Best Direction of a Play for 1998's The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The evening marked the first time two women took both directing prizes, as well as the first time that a woman had won in either category. Hynes has also directed The Lonesome West, Sixteen Wounded and Translations.