DIANE PAULUS Director of Theater and Opera
Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T. at Harvard University and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin). At the A.R.T.: Finding Neverland; Witness Uganda, recipient of the 2012 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater by co-creators Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews; Pippin, by composer Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson (currently on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre - 2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical, launching a national tour in September 2014); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori-Parks and Deidre Murray (and on Broadway the Richard Rodgers Theatre - 2012 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical, currently on national tour); Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus’s ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony Award-winner Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winner Serj Tankian; Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music; The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best of Both Worlds, a soulful re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale with book and lyrics by Randy Weiner and music by Diedre Murray; Johnny Baseball, a musical about the Red Sox created by Robert Reale, Willie Reale, and Richard Dresser. Her other recent work includes Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation which had its world premiere in Montreal in April 2012 and is currently on tour in the US; The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic Flute, Il mondo della luna, DonGiovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, and the Monteverdi trilogy L'incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Orfeo. Diane is a Professor of the Practice in Theater in Harvard University’s English Department. Diane was named one of Boston Magazine’s "50 Most Powerful Bostonians" in 2012 and was awarded the 2012 Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Recently, Diane was selected as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014” and Boston Magazine’s “50 Thought Leaders of 2014” and was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in New York" by the New York Daily News.
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