Des McAnuff

Des McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award®-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. He is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director he staged over 35 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony® and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award® for Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula the Musical, How to Succeed…, The Who’s Tommy (Tony® and Olivier Awards for Best Director), A Walk in the Woods and Big River (Tony Awards® for Best Director, Best Musical). Selected New York: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NyTW). Stratford highlights: A Word or Two, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Tempest (all with Christopher Plummer). Opera: Faust (The Met, eNO). Film: Cousin Bette (director), Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award) and Quills (executive producer). In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s esteemed Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.