Darko Tresnjak

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Darko Tresnjak
ResidenceUnited States
OccupationTheatre director, theatrical producer
Awards2014 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Darko Tresnjak is a director of plays, musicals, and opera. He has won the Tony Award,[1] Obie Award,[2] Drama Desk Award,[3] and Outer Critics Circle Award[4] He is the artistic director of the Hartford Stage (Connecticut).[5]


He is of Serbian heritage.[6] Tresnjak and his mother moved from Zemun, Yugoslavia (modern-day Serbia) to Maryland in 1976. He graduated from Swarthmore College, became a US citizen, and received a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. [7]

Tresnjak has been the artistic director at Hartford Stage (Hartford, Connecticut) since the 2011-12 season,[8] where he commissioned “The Man in the Case” with Mikhail Baryshnikov [9] and directed Kevin Bacon in “Rear Window”.[10] He is leaving the Hartford Stage for freelance work after his current show, The Flamingo Kid, in May to June 2019.[11]

Prior to his role at Hartford Stage, he served as resident artistic director at Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, California).[12] He also directed for eight summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Massachusetts).[7]

He directed two productions on Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder in 2013 and Anastasia in 2017. He won the 2014 Tony Award for Direction of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.[13][14]

He directed the Theatre for a New Audience production of Eugène Ionesco's The Killer in 2014 at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, New York City.[15] Tresnjak won the 2015 Obie Award for direction of The Killer.[16]

Hartford Stage Productions[edit]

Tresnjak's productions at Hartford Stage have included:

Other Theater and Opera[edit]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Tony Wins for Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak And 'A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder'" Hartford Courant, June 9, 2014
  2. ^ HAMILTON, Darko Tresnjak, Ayad Akhtar & More Win 2015 Obie Awards - Full List!" BroadwayWorld.com
  3. ^ Cox, Gordon."Outer Critics Circle Applauds Broadway’s ‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ Bryan Cranston" Variety.com
  4. ^ Cox, Gordon."Drama Desk Toasts Broadway’s ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ at 2014 Awards" Variety.com
  5. ^ "Darko Tresnjak" Playbill
  6. ^ Mejia, Carlos. "Darko Tresnjak Readies His Final Performance At Hartford Stage". www.wnpr.org. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  7. ^ a b Shirley, Don. "He prefers it rare" Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2004
  8. ^ Gates, Anita. "Darko Tresnjak Takes Over at Hartford Stage" The New York Times, September 18, 2011
  9. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Misha, 'Man In A Case,' At Hartford Stage" Hartford Courant
  10. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Kevin Bacon to Star in ‘Rear Window’ at Hartford Stage" Hartford Courant
  11. ^ Arnott, Christopher. "Darko Tresnjak says goodbye to Hartford Stage with the new musical 'Flamingo Kid'" Hartford Courant, May 9, 2019
  12. ^ BWW News Desk. "Old Globe’s 2009 Summer Festival" BroadwayWorld.com
  13. ^ "Reviews" The New York Times, 2013
  14. ^ "Awards" ibdb.com, retrieved May 19, 2019
  15. ^ "Theatre for a New Audience's THE KILLER, Starring Michael Shannon, Begins Tonight" broadwayworld.com, May 16, 2014
  16. ^ Winners in 2015 obieawrds.com, 2015
  17. ^ Arnott, Christopher. The Heartbreak House Hartford Courant, 2017
  18. ^ Harrison, Joseph. "Review. The Comedy of Errors'" Broadway World, 2017
  19. ^ Fillo, Maryellen. "'Romeo and Juliet'" Connecticut Mag
  20. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Kevin Bacon to Star in ‘Rear Window’ at Hartford Stage" Hartford Courant
  21. ^ McNulty, Charles. " 'Kiss Me Kate' Review" Los Angeles Times
  22. ^ Gates, Anita. "Review. 'Private Lives'" The New York Times, 2015
  23. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Review. Hamlet'" Hartford Courant, 2014
  24. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Review. Macbeth" Hartford Courant, 2013
  25. ^ Gold, Sylviane. "Review. La Dispute" The New York Times, 2013
  26. ^ Gold, Sylviane. "Review. Twelfth Night" The New York Times
  27. ^ Gold, Sylviane. "Review. Breath and Imagination" The New York Times, 2013
  28. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Reviews" The New York Times, 2012
  29. ^ Gold, Sylviane. [1] The New York Times
  30. ^ Rizzo, Frank. "Behind the Curtain" Hartford Courant, 2012
  31. ^ Davidson, Justin. "Opera Review: The Met Brings Back 'Samson et Dalila', With Just Enough Fromage" Vulture, September 25, 2018
  32. ^ Swed, Mark. "Plácido Domingo's sound and fury in L.A. Opera's 'Macbeth' Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2016
  33. ^ Martinez, Matthew. " 'The Ghosts of Versailles' a triumph at LA Opera" Bachtrack, February 9, 2015
  34. ^ Green, Jesse. "Review" Vulture, 2014
  35. ^ Der zerbrochene Krug / Der Zwerg Opera Today, February 21, 2011
  36. ^ Mermelstein, David. "New Life for Works Hitler Tried to Kill" The New York Times, February 10, 2008
  37. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Goodspeed's 'City of Angels' Will Star D.B. Bonds, Burke Moses, Laurie Wells, Nancy Anderson" Playbill, August 17, 2011
  38. ^ Nestruck, J. Kelly. "Stratford’s 'Titus Andronicus' is electrical" The Globe and Mail, July 15, 2011
  39. ^ Billington, Michael. The Guardian

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