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Famous Female Theatre Directors

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List of famous female theatre directors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female theatre directors list contains the most prominent and top females known for being theatre directors. There are thousand of females working as theatre directors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic theatre directors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a theatre director then the people below should give you inspiration.

Everything from Kristin Hanggi to Denise Chavez is included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all female theatre directors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female theatre directors?" and "Who are the best female theatre directors?"


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    Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett is an Australian actress of screen and stage. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three British Academy Awards. Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Australia
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Hot Fuzz, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, + more
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    Geraldine Fitzgerald
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    Geraldine Fitzgerald was an actress.more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Greystones, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor
    • Credits: Arthur, Wuthering Heights, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Harry and Tonto, The Last American Hero, + more
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    Regine Velasquez
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    Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez, better known as Regine Velasquez, is a Filipino recording artist and actress, and is widely known for possessing an extensive vocal range. She was hailed by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry as the Philippines' Best-Selling Artist of All Time, with ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Philippines
    • Profession: Television presenter, Theatre Director, Painter, Record producer, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Are You the Next Big Star?, Fallen, Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kiyeme, Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition, Darna, + more
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    Katherine Lucy Bridget Burke is an English actress, comedian, playwright and theatre director. She won Best Actress at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the Gary Oldman film Nil by Mouth. Burke's film debut was in Mai Zetterling's Scrubbers in 1983. In the 1990s, she became known for ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Camden Town, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Comedian, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Flushed Away, Elizabeth, Sid and Nancy, French and Saunders, + more
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    Juli Crockett is an American playwright and theater director, retired professional boxer and amateur champion, lead singer of the alternative country band The Evangenitals, and producer of The 1 Second Film. Born in Coffee County, Enterprise, Alabama she is the daughter of writers Linda Crockett and ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Enterprise, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Musician, Professional Boxer, Playwright
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    Dame Janet Suzman, DBE is a South African/British actress who enjoyed a successful early career in the Royal Shakespeare Company, later replaying many Shakespearean roles, among others, on TV. In her first film Nicholas and Alexandra, her performance as the Empress earned nominations for several awards.more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa, South Africa
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Draughtsman's Contract, Nijinsky, Nicholas and Alexandra, A Dry White Season, Nuns on the Run, + more
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    Eva Le Gallienne
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    Eva Le Gallienne was an English theatrical actress, producer and director during the first half of the 20th century.more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1899-1991)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Theatrical producer, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Resurrection, Prince of Players, Alice in Wonderland, The Royal Family
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    Sigrid Alegría
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    Sigrid Alegría Conrads is a Chilean television actress. Alegría began her acting debut in the TVN soap opera Borrón y cuenta nueva in 1998, playing the role of "Doris Morán", a religious nun who was rethinking her life after she found a new lover. In 2004, she left for Canal 13 to participate in the ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
    • Profession: Radio personality, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Sexo con Amor, ¿Dónde está Elisa?
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    Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the lives of Black Americans living ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1930-1965)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: A Raisin in the Sun, A Raisin in the Sun
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    June Havoc
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    June Havoc was a Canadian-born American actress, dancer, writer, and theater director. Havoc was a child vaudeville performer under the tutelage of her mother. She later acted on Broadway and in Hollywood, and stage directed, both on and off-Broadway. She last appeared on television in 1990 in a story ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1912-2010)
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Model, Author, Actor, Dancer
    • Credits: Gentleman's Agreement, A Return to Salem's Lot, Brewster's Millions, Chicago Deadline, My Sister Eileen, + more
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    Julie Taymor
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    Julie Taymor is an American director of theatre, opera and film. Taymor's work has received many accolades from critics, and she has earned two Tony Awards out of four nominations, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design, an Emmy Award and an Academy Award nomination for Original Song. She ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Opera Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, + more
    • Credits: Across the Universe, Frida, Titus, The Tempest, Oedipus Rex, + more
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    Margo Jones
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    Margo Jones was an influential American stage director and producer best known for launching the American regional theater movement and for introducing the theater-in-the-round concept in Dallas, Texas. In 1947, she established the first regional professional company when she opened Theatre ’47 in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1911-1955)
    • Birthplace: Livingston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Theatrical producer
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    Judith Malina
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    Judith Malina was a German-born American theater and film actress, writer and director. She co-founded The Living Theatre, a radical political theatre troupe that rose to prominence in New York City and Paris during the 1950s and 60s.more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Dog Day Afternoon, The Addams Family, Awakenings, The Secret of My Success, When in Rome, + more
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    Dame Gillian Barbara Lynne, DBE is a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre/television director, noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical Cats and the current longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. At age 87, she was made ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Ballet Dancer, Television director, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: LS Lowry: A Simple Man
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    Kathleen Marshall
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    Kathleen Marshall is an American choreographer, director, and creative consultant.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Choreographer, Consultant, Dancer
    • Credits: Grease: You're the One That I Want!, Once Upon a Mattress
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    Twyla Tharp
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    Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often utilizes classical music, jazz, and contemporary pop music. From 1971 to 1988, Twyla Tharp Dance toured extensively around the world, ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Portland, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The Catherine Wheel, Zorns Lemma, The Catherine Wheel: Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation
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    Pina Bausch
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    Philippina "Pina" Bausch was a German performer of modern dance, choreographer, dance teacher and ballet director. With her unique style, a blend of movement, sound, and prominent stage sets, and with her elaborate collaboration with performers during the development of a piece, she became a leading ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1940-2009)
    • Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Actor, Dancer, + more
    • Credits: Talk to Her, And the Ship Sails on, The Complaint of the Empress
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    Susan Stroman
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    Susan P. Stroman is an American theatre director, choreographer, film director, and performer. She is a five-time Tony Award winner, four for Best Choreography and one as Best Director of a Musical for The Producers.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Theatre Director, Choreographer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Producers, Contact
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    Ki Longfellow
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    Ki Longfellow is an American novelist, playwright, theatrical producer, theater director and entrepreneur with dual citizenship in Britain. She is best known in the United States for her novel The Secret Magdalene. This is among her recent works exploring the divine feminine. In England, she is likely ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Entrepreneur, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Sir Henry at Rawlinson End
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    Elizabeth Swados
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    Elizabeth Swados is an American writer, composer, musician, and theatre director. While some of her subject matter is humorous, such as her satirical look at Ronald Reagan, Rap Master Ronnie, and Doonesbury - both collaborations with Garry Trudeau - much of her work deals with dark issues such as ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Theatre Director, Musician, Choreographer, Composer, + more
    • Credits: Seize the Day, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Occult History of the Third Reich, Four Friends, The Cosmic Eye, + more
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