|Born||Gilbert Moses III
August 20, 1942
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||April 15, 1995
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Stage, screen, and television director|
|Spouse(s)||Dee Dee Bridgewater (1977-1985) (divorced) (1 child)
Denise Nicholas (1964-1965) (divorced)
Wilma Butler (?-1971) (divorced) (1 child)
|Partner(s)||Eda Godel Hallinan (?-1995) his death|
Early life and career
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Moses was the co-founder of the Free Southern Theater company, an important pioneer of African-American theatre. His 1971 Broadway debut, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, won him a Tony Award nomination and the Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Director. In 1976, he and George Faison teamed to co-direct and choreograph the ill-fated Alan Jay Lerner-Leonard Bernstein musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which closed after seven performances.
Moses' off-Broadway work as a director won him an Obie Award for Amiri Baraka's Slave Ship (1969) and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for The Taking of Miss Janie (1975). Among Moses' television credits are Benson, Ghostwriter, The Paper Chase, Law & Order, several episodes of the mini-series Roots, and a number of television movies. His only feature films were Willie Dynamite (1974) and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979).
- Gussow, Mel (1995-04-18), "Gilbert Moses Is Dead at 52; Award-Winning Stage Director", New York Times