John Tillinger

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John Tillinger
Born Joachim F. Tillinger
(1938-06-28) June 28, 1938 (age 78)
Tabriz, Iran
Occupation Actor/Theatre director
Spouse(s) Dorothy Lyman (1971-1977/78)

John Tillinger (born June 28, 1938) is a theatre director and actor.

Life and career[edit]

Tillinger was born in Tabriz, Iran. His father was German Jewish and his mother was Protestant.[1] Tillinger was raised in England, where he was first exposed to the theatre.

He spent his early years on Broadway as an actor, appearing in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (standby "Freddie", 1968),[2] Othello ("Roderigo", 1970),[3] Hay Fever ("Sandy Tyrell", 1970),[4] and The Changing Room ("Colin Jagger", 1973).[5]

Tillinger's first Broadway directing credit was Solomon's Child in 1982. [6] Since then he has directed:[7] Love Letters (1989) with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards, The Price (1992) with Eli Wallach, Three Men on a Horse (1993) and The Sunshine Boys (1997), both with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, Inherit the Wind (1996) with George C. Scott and Charles Durning, Night Must Fall (1999) with Matthew Broderick,[8] Judgment at Nuremberg (2001) with George Grizzard and Maximilian Schell, [9] Say Goodnight, Gracie (2002) with Frank Gorshin,[10] and Absurd Person Singular (2005) with Paxton Whitehead and Sam Robards.[11]

Tillinger's many Off-Broadway directing credits include Entertaining Mr Sloane (1981), After the Fall (1984),[12] Loot (1986),[13] What the Butler Saw (1989),[14] The Lisbon Traviata (1989),[15] Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991),[16]Sylvia (1995), and Jewtopia (2004).[17]

He has also directed numerous regional theatre productions. He directed The Wedding Banquet at the Village Theatre, Seattle, Washington, in 2003.[18]

He was the literary consultant for the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut from 1975 to 1997.[19] Additionally, he was the associate artistic director at Long Wharf Theatre.[20] He directed many plays at the Long Wharf Theatre, including This Story of Yours and Solomon's Child (1980), Another Country (1982), and most recently Paddywhack and Broken Glass (1994).[21]


Tillinger was married to actress/director Dorothy Lyman from ca. 1971/72 to 1977/78. They have two children, actor Sebastian Tillinger and producer Emma Tillinger.[22][21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Judgment at Nuremberg, nominee)[7]
  • 1991 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director (The Lisbon Traviata, winner)[23]
  • 1989 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director (Love Letters, winner)[23]
  • 1986 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Loot, nominee)[7]
  • 1986 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (It's Only a Play nominee) and (Loot, nominee[7])
  • 1986 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Direction of a Play (Loot, winner)[24]
  • 1982 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Entertaining Mr. Sloane, nominee)[7]


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  2. ^ "Listing, 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg'" Internet Broadway Database, accessed May 4, 2014
  3. ^ "Listing, 'Othello'" Internet Broadway Database, accessed May 4, 2014
  4. ^ "Listing, 'Hay Fever'" Internet Broadway Database, accessed May 4, 2014
  5. ^ "Listing, 'The Changing Room'" Internet Broadway Database, accessed May 4, 2014
  6. ^ "Listing, 'Solomon's Child'" Internet Broadway Database, accessed May 4, 2014
  7. ^ a b c d e "John Tillinger Credits and Awards", accessed May 4, 2014
  8. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Night Must Fall' ", March 10, 1999
  9. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Judgment at Nuremberg' ", March 28, 2001
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew and Simonson, Robert. "'Say Goodnight Gracie' Says Goodnight on Broadway Aug. 24", June 18, 2003
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Packing Up for the Holidays, 'Absurd Person Singular' Ends Limited Broadway Run Dec. 4", December 5, 2005
  12. ^ Rich, Frank. "Theater: 'After The Fall' Is Revived" The New York Times, October 5, 1984
  13. ^ Rich, Frank. "Stage: Joe Orton's 'Loot,' Directed By Tillinger" The New York Times, February 19, 1986
  14. ^ Quinn, Kathleen. "Two Orton Veterans, Once More Into the Breach"The New York Times, March 5, 1989
  15. ^ Gussow, Mel. "Reviews/Theater. A New, Nonviolent Ending for 'Lisbon Traviata'" The New York Times, November 1, 1989
  16. ^ Beaufort, John. "A Modest Little Entertainment From Terrence McNally", July 12, 1991
  17. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Oy Meets Girl: Jewish-Gentile Comedy 'Jewtopia' Opens Off-Broadway Oct. 21", October 21, 2004
  18. ^ Gans, Andrew." 'Wedding Banquet' Musical to Make U.S. Premiere at Seattle's Village Theatre", 2003
  19. ^ Lefkowitz, David and Paddock, Terri. "Long Wharf Trades Mercy for Understanding With UK's Bush Mar. 13", March 12, 1998
  20. ^ Lefkowitz, David. "Tillinger, Hunt Directing At First Lobero Stage Season", March 29, 1997
  21. ^ a b [Biography", accessed May 4, 2014
  22. ^ McMurran, Kristin. Opal-in-the-Rough "Dorothy Lyman Is Daytime Television's Tacky First Lady", February 14, 1983
  23. ^ a b Awards, see 1989 and 1991", accessed May 4, 2014
  24. ^ " 'Loot' Listing" Internet Off-Broadway Database Listing, accessed May 4, 2014

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