Alex Timbers

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Alex Timbers is a two-time Tony-nominated writer and director and the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE Awards.

His Broadway directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher for which he was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which he also wrote the dialogue for and was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show which was filmed for HBO and was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award.[1] Timbers is Artistic Director of the New York-based company Les Freres Corbusier.[2]


Timbers grew up in New York City. Between 1994 and 1997, he attended Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL. He graduated from Yale University in 2001, where he served as president of the Yale Dramat.[1]


In April 2013, Timbers directed Here Lies Love, an immersive club musical about Imelda Marcos featuring the music of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. The show was extended at the Public Theater three times, becoming the second-longest running show in the theater's history, and made numerous year-end Best Of lists including The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Time, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Out, New York Magazine, and Vogue.[3] He was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director. In August 2013, Timbers and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer Michael Friedman reunited for a musical version of the play Love's Labour's Lost that appeared as part of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre.[4]

In March 2012, Timbers and Roger Rees co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway. It was subsequently nominated for nine Tony Awards and won five.[5] In March 2011, Timbers co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher for Disney Theatricals at New York Theatre Workshop.[6] The show opened to a rave review from Ben Brantley in The New York Times, and Timbers won the 2011 Obie Award for Direction.[7][8] The production was the fastest-selling show in New York Theatre Workshop's history and extended three times.[9]

For Gutenberg! The Musical!, Timbers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical.[10] For Hell House, Timbers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Theatrical Experience. His production of Dixie's Tupperware Party was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.[11] Timbers conceived and directed A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, for which he and writer Kyle Jarrow won an Obie Award. Timbers also won two Garland Awards for the subsequent Los Angeles production, and his 2006 revival was heralded by The New York Times as the "Best Revival of the Year."[12][13]

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, co-written with Michael Friedman, opened with Timbers directing at the Public Theater to rave reviews.[14] It returned to the Public the following year, extended three times, and became the second highest-grossing show in the downtown institution's history.[15] It transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway on September 20, 2010.[16] The show won a Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Award for Best Musical. Timbers won a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for his book, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award for his direction.[17]

His other credits include The Language of Trees for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Beyond Therapy for Williamstown Theatre Festival and Bay Street Theater, the Off-Broadway hit Boozy, for which he also served as playwright, and underground at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and internationally with David Dorfman Dance.[18]

Les Freres productions include Dance Dance Revolution, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hell House, Heddatron, and Hoover Comes Alive!.[19]

In Fall 2005, Timbers served as an assistant director on the Broadway premiere of Jersey Boys.[20]

Timbers is also developing his first feature film, an adaptation of Dale Basye's popular young adult novel Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go for MGM, from a screenplay written by David Iserson and Chris Weitz.

He is a co-writer with Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola of the Amazon Studios pilot Mozart in the Jungle, to be released in 2014.


  1. ^ a b Berkowitz, Ari."A bloody, bloody interview with Alex Timbers ’01" Yale Daily News, September 10, 2010
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  4. ^ "Welcome to the Public Theater". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  5. ^ "Features". Peter and the Starcatcher. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth (July 28, 2008). "Can He Fly? Disney and La Jolla Will Test Wings of Starcatchers — a Peter Pan Prequel". Playbill. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (March 9, 2011). "‘Peter and the Starcatcher' at Theater Workshop - Review". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "OBIES", May 16, 2011
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Award-Nominated 'Gutenberg! The Musical!' Will Close May 6 in NYC", April 26, 2007
  11. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary.Andersson, Meriwether and Timbers Team on Dixie's Tupperware Party", March 14, 2007
  12. ^ Hernandez, Ernio."A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant Returns to NYC", September 15, 2006
  13. ^ The New York Times |url= missing title (help). 
  14. ^ Brantley, Ben (May 18, 2009). "Old Hickory, That Emo Punk, Singing and Dancing to Fame". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ "PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson — Old Hickory Is Smokin'.". 
  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ Staff. "Alex Timbers". Gutenberg! The Musical! - (Creative). Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  19. ^ "Welcome to La Jolla Playhouse". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  20. ^ The Broadway League. ""'Jersey Boys' Listing"". Retrieved 2014-01-22. 

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