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

By Carey Purcell
06 Jun 2014

Diane Paulus
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Sheryl Kaller

The Broadway production of Next Fall, the 2010 drama about a relationship between two gay men, was led by Sheryl Kaller, who also helmed Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, nominated this season for Best Play. 

Anna D. Shapiro

Shapiro won the Tony Award for leading August: Osage County in 2008. She followed this with The Motherf**ker With the Hat, receiving a second Tony nomination in 2011. She also directed 2014's Of Mice and Men.

Pam MacKinnon

The 2013 Tony Awards marked the second time women took home the Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play and Musical. Best Direction of a Play went to Pam MacKinnon for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? MacKinnon had previously been nominated for Clybourne Park.

Diane Paulus

After receiving two nominations, for Hair and Porgy and Bess, Paulus won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2013, for the circus-inspired production of Pippin.