In a recent 92Y video, journalist Lisa Birnbach hosts a conversation with three of Broadway’s most dynamic and influential directors. First, longtime artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow. In addition, Tony award-winning director and choreographer, Susan Stroman. Joining them, Tony Award and Drama Desk winner, Pam MacKinnon.
Women and Broadway
It’s no secret that Broadway has historically been dominated by men. In 2004, only two new plays were directed by women. But, since then, women have made great strides in the industry. By 2013, women won both Tony awards for directing. Learn how these women broke through the velvet curtains historically dominated by men to become some of today’s most sought-after Broadway directors.
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Lynne Meadow has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) since 1972. Here she has been responsible for directing and/or producing over 450 New York and world premieres. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Manhattan Award from Manhattan Magazine, and the Person of the Year from National Theatre Conference.
Susan Stroman is an American theatre director, choreographer and performer. She is the recipient of 5 Tony Awards and 2 Laurence Olivier Awards. In addition, 5 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, a record 5 Fred Astaire Awards, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theater.
Pam MacKinnon is an American theater director. She has directed for the stage Off-Broadway, on Broadway and in regional theater. She won the Obie Award for Directing and received the Tony Award nomination “Best Director” for her work on Clybourne Park. In 2013 she received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for a revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?