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List of famous theatre directors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top theatre directors in the world? This includes the most prominent theatre directors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable theatre directors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic theatre directors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned theatre directors.

Tyler Perry and Cate Blanchett are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list. Featuring popular Broadway directors, stage directors, foreign theater directors, and more, this list has it all.  

From reputable, prominent, and well known theatre directors to the lesser known theatre directors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the theatre director field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous theatre directors ever?" and "What are the names of famous theatre directors?" then you're in the right place. 
Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Australia

Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May 2010 and ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Songwriter, Television producer Film Producer, + more

Credits: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, For Better or Worse, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

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#32 on The Best Black Directors

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on the other side of the law—as a police officer, a detective and a lawyer. Pacino won the Academy ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Film Director

Credits: The Godfather, Scarface, Heat, The Godfather: Part II

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#15 on The Best Actors Working Today

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#3 on The Best Actors in Film History

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast in supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the early 1990s, culminating in ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: American Beauty, L.A. Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Moon

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#13 on The Best Actors in Film History

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend. She rose to prominence ...more

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Age: 80

Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Profession: Theatre Director, Author, Actor, Voice acting Singer, + more

Credits: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Shrek 2, Despicable Me

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Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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Mary Kathleen Turner, better known as Kathleen Turner, is an American film and stage actress and director. Turner came to fame during the 1980s, after roles in Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, and Prizzi's Honor, the latter two earning her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. In the later 1980s and ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Romancing the Stone, Peggy Sue Got Married, The Virgin Suicides, Marley & Me

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest

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#54 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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#43 on The Best Actors in Film History

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David Schwimmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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David Lawrence Schwimmer is an American actor, director, producer, voice actor and comedian. He was born in New York City, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 2. He began his acting career performing in school plays at Beverly Hills High School. In 1988, he graduated from Northwestern ...more

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Age: 49

Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Friends, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

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