Anne Kauffman

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Anne Kauffman is an American director known primarily for her work on new plays,[1][2] mainly in the New York area. She is a founding member of the theater group The Civilians.

Early life and education[edit]

Kauffman received her MFA in directing from the University of California, San Diego.

She said "I'm attracted to plays that need the theater and belong only to the theater,...I've always been very interested in writers who have a kind of mystery to them--something that makes me work a little hard and is compelling and mysterious...trying to get at the world from a slightly odd angle....I do love working with a playwright more than once."[3]


Kaufman directed The Thugs by Adam Bock Off-Broadway at the Soho Rep in 2006.[4] She received the 2007 Obie Award for direction for this production.[5]

Kauffman directed Amy Herzog's Belleville Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2013. The reviewer for Time Magazine wrote : "She [Kaufman] serves the play wonderfully, with a light but firm hand, for a tense, almost breathtaking hour and a half."[6] She also directed Belleville at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, in 2013. The reviewer of the Chicago production noted "Kaufmann's tense, adroit, nuanced, deftly cast production..."[7] She directed Amy Herzog's Mary Jane Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in Sept. 2017. Jesse Green, in his review for The New York Times, noted "Ms. Kauffman’s ideally detailed direction."[8]

Also in New York she directed Detroit by Lisa D'Amour and Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison at Playwrights Horizons;[9] You'd Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents' Divorce (Written with The Civilians) at The Flea Theater; Stunning by David Adjmi and Slowgirl at LCT3;[10] This Wide Night by Chloe Moss by Naked Angels theater company; Have You Seen Steve Steven by Ann Marie Healy with 13P; God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz at The Vineyard and New Georges; Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan Le Franc at Soho Rep; and The Ladies by Anne Washburn at Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, Civilians.[11]

She directed Smokefall by Noah Haidle at the Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2016 in an MCC production; she had previously directed the play at the South Coast Repertory, Orange County, California and the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, in 2013. She directed The Nether by Jennifer Haley Off-Broadway in 2015 for MCC.[3][12] She directed Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. This was the second time that Kauffman and Harrison worked together.[13] In 2014 she directed the Off-Broadway production of You Got Older by Clare Barron at HERE.[14] She directed the play by Rachel Bonds titled Sundown, Yellow Moon, which premiered Off-Broadway at the McGinn/Cazale Theater in a production by Ars Nova and WP Theatre, on March 14, 2017. Ben Brantley, in his review for The New York Times, noted the " beautifully acted production...directed with probing sensitivity by Anne Kauffman."[15]

Regional productions include Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo, and Body Awareness by Annie Baker (2012) at the Wilma Theater;[16] The Flea and the Professor by Jordan Harrison at the Arden Theatre Company; Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Adam Bock and Todd Almond at Yale Rep; The Communist Dracula Pageant by Anne Washburn at ART; Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison at the Humana Festival of New American Plays (2006);[17] Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley at Asolo Repertory Theatre; The Bengsons' Hundred Days at Know Theatre; and Typographer's Dream and Shaker Chair by Adam Bock at Encore Theater.

She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writers and Directors Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab and The Drama League of New York.

Awards and honors[edit]

She received the 2007 Obie Award for direction of The Thugs.[18][19] She received the 2015 Obie Award, for sustained excellence of direction.[20]

Other awards include a Lilly Award for directing in 2010,[21] the Alan Schneider Director Award,[22] the Joan and Joseph Cullman award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, 2004 Big Easy Award [23] and Ambie Award (for The Children's Hour) in New Orleans.

She has received Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best Direction in 2010 for Becky Shaw and in 2012 for Body Awareness.[24][25]

She was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Play for You Got Older by Clare Barron.[26] She was nominated for the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for This Wide Night by Chloe Moss.[27] She was nominated for the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for Belleville.[28] She was nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for Marjorie Prime.[29] She was nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for Adam Bock's A Life.[30]

Detroit by Lisa D'Amour was listed in the top 10 productions of 2012 by The New York Times,[31] New York Magazine,[32] Time Magazine[33] and TimeOut NY[34]


  1. ^ Grode, Eric. "Meet the Directors" New York Times, January 31, 2013
  2. ^ Kauffman" American Theatre Magazine, October 2007
  3. ^ a b Onofri, Adrienne. "BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special [sic] with Director Anne Kauffman of 'SMOKEFALL'", March 9, 2016
  4. ^ Gutman, Les. "A CurtainUp Review. The Thugs " CurtainUp, October 5, 2006
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Champlin, Opel, Stuhlbarg, Sun and Miranda Among 2007 Obie Award Winners" Playbill, May 22, 2007
  6. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Down and Out in Paris: Amy Herzog’s 'Belleville' " Time Magazine, March 6, 2013
  7. ^ Jones, Chris. "Review. Belleville " Chicago Tribune, July 7, 2013
  8. ^ Green, Jesse. "Review: In 'Mary Jane,' a Young Mother Faces Her Worst Fears" The New York Times, September 25, 2017
  9. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Staging a Sisterhood". The New York Times, January 31, 2013
  10. ^ "INTERVIEW: Slowgirl's Anne Kauffman Takes a Direct Approach". TheaterMania, 2012
  11. ^ "The Go-To Two: Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kauffman ". The Village Voice February 4, 2009
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Review: Jennifer Haley’s ‘The Nether’ Explores the Dark Side of the Web", The New York Times, February 24, 2015
  13. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Marjorie Prime'", CurtainUp, accessed October 26, 2016
  14. ^ Levitt, Hayley. "Review. 'You Got Older' ", TheaterMania, November 6, 2014
  15. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Review: Songs Say What a Family Can’t in 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' " The New York Times, March 14, 2017
  16. ^ Rosenfield, Wendy. Review: 'Body Awareness' at the Wilma", January 12, 2012
  17. ^ Act A Lady, retrieved March 7, 2017
  18. ^ "Obies, 2007", Village Voice, accessed October 26, 2016
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Obie Awards Will Be Held in May at Webster Hall; Presenters Announced", Playbill, April 4, 2012
  20. ^ "Obies, 2015", Village Voice, accessed October 26, 2016
  21. ^ "Lilly Awards" Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, 2010
  22. ^ [1] Theater Communications Guild, 2010
  23. ^ "Loyola's production of 'The Children’s Hour' receives Big Easy Award for Best University Production" Loyola University Press Release, April 30, 2004
  24. ^ "Barrymore Awards", retrieved March 7, 2017
  25. ^ Fiorillo, Victor. "The End of the Barrymore Awards?" Philly Magazine, September 25, 2012
  26. ^ Gans, Andrew; Gioia, Michael. "Drama Desk Award Winners Announced; 'Hamilton' Wins Seven Awards", Playbill, May 31, 2015
  27. ^ This Wide Night,, accessed October 26, 2016
  28. ^ Belleville,, accessed October 26, 2016
  29. ^ Marjorie Prime,, accessed October 26, 2016
  30. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Hadestown' and 'Sweeney Todd' Lead Lucille Lortel Nominations" Playbill, April 4, 2017
  31. ^ "New York Times top 10 for theater 2012" The New York Times
  32. ^ New York Magazine top 10 for theater 2012 New York Magazine
  33. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Time Magazine top 10 for theater 2012" Time Magazine, December 4, 2012
  34. ^ of-2012?pageNumber=2 Time Out NY top 10 for theater 2012 Archived February 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

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