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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
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 ...more
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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 ...more
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on ...more
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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 ...more
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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 ...more
Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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, ...more
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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 ...more
David Schwimmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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 ...more
Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most ...more
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she ...more
Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Ethan Green Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, both as an actor and a writer, and a Tony Award. Hawke has directed two feature films, ...more
Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman ...more
Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE is an English actor and stage director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such ...more
Stanley Tucci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Stanley "Stan" Tucci is an American actor, writer, film producer and film director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely ...more
David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield's television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards ...more
Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Phylicia Rashād is an American Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated ...more
William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
William Hall Macy, Jr. is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher, and director in theater, film and television. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent ...more
George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
George Campbell Scott was an American stage and film actor, director, and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, ...more
Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor and director. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In ...more
Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Gary Alan Sinise is an American actor, director, and musician. Among other awards, he has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. Sinise is known ...more
Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Oliver Burgess Meredith, known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor and director in theater, film, and television. Active for more than six decades, Meredith has been called ...more
Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more
José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón, best known as José Ferrer, was a Puerto Rican actor, theater, and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican actor, as well as the ...more
Charles Nelson Reilly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Charles Nelson Reilly was an American actor, comedian, director and drama teacher, known for his comedic roles in stages, films, children's television and cartoons, and as a game show panelist.
Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved ...more