Josephine Abady

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Josephine R. "Josie" Abady (August 21, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia – May 25, 2002 in New York City) was an American artistic, stage and film director/producer.


Abady graduated from Syracuse University and earned her MFA from Florida State University.

Theatrical career[edit]

Abady taught theater at Bennington College and was head of the theater program at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts before she began her professional career as the artistic director of the Berkshire Theater Festival (in Stockbridge, Massachusetts). She opened the season at the Cleveland Play House with a revival of Born Yesterday, starring Ed Asner and Madeline Kahn, a production that moved to Broadway.

Film & TV work[edit]

Abady also did film & TV work, including, with the assistance provided by an American Film Institute grant, To Catch a Tiger, a short film inspired by the life of Nina Friedman Abady, Abady's own mother.

She later co-produced a TV remake of A Raisin in the Sun, which starred Esther Rolle and Danny Glover.[1][2]

Last years[edit]

Despite her advanced breast cancer, she was active during the last years of her life, until her death, at her home in Manhattan, aged 52.[3] She was survived by her husband, sister, and brother.


  • Member, League of Professional Theatre Women[4]


  1. ^ Josephine Abady obituary @
  2. ^ "American Playhouse" episode: "A Raisin in the Sun" at Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ New York Times obituary
  4. ^ League of Professional Theatre Women: The Josephine Abady Award Retrieved January 25, 2013

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