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

By Carey Purcell
06 Jun 2014

Susan Stroman
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Susan Stroman

The prolific director and choreographer has been nominated four times for direction, twice in 2000, for Contact and The Music Man. Along with her numerous Tony Awards for Choreography, Stroman took home the Tony in 2000 for directing The Producers and was nominated in 2011 for The Scottsboro Boys. She is also nominated this season for her choreography of Bullets Over Broadway

Twyla Tharp



Tharp won the Tony for Best Choreography and received a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical for Movin' Out, her interpretation of Billy Joel's music through dance. She was also nominated for 2010's Come Fly Away, a series of dance sequences set to Frank Sinatra's songs.

Kathleen Marshall

Director and choreographer Marshall has received Tony nominations for her direction of Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes and Nice Work If You Can Get It. She has also won the Tony for Best Choreography for Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game and Anything Goes

Maria Aitken

Aitken, who helmed the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired The 39 Steps in 2008, received a Tony Award nomination for her work.

Phyllida Lloyd

Lloyd, who also directed the long-running ABBA hit Mamma Mia!, helmed Mary Stuart on Broadway in 2009 and received her first Tony nomination.

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