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Jack O'Brien
(June 18, 1940 - living) U.S.A.

Jack O'Brien

Director, writer, lyricist


Born at Saginaw, Michigan, Jack O'Brien debuted in 1967 with You Can't Take It With You, in Braodway. He won a Tony in 1977 for a revival of Porgy and Bess, and he was nominated in 1992 for Two Shakespearean Actors and in 1994 for Damn Yankees.

O'Brien has been artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, since 1981, supervising some 14 annual productions at one of America's busiest and best-known regional theaters. Working from a home base 3,000 miles from NYC, Jack O'Brien has nevertheless been able to establish himself as one of Broadway's hottest directors.

O'Brien's work include Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love, which won the 2000 Tony for Best Play; the musical The Full Monty, nominated for 10 Tonys that season; and the runaway musical hit, Hairspray. For Broadway he directed also Imaginary Friends, the new Nora Ephron play about literary divas Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy.


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