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List of Famous Theatre Directors

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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. 
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  • Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Kathleen Turner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Ethan Hawke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • William H. Macy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • George C. Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Charles Laughton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Gary Sinise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Burgess Meredith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors

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  • José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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  • Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Theatre Directors
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