Michael Mayer (born June 27, 1960) is an American stage and film director. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2007 for directing . Spring Awakening
Biography [ edit ]
Mayer was born in
Bethesda, Maryland to Jerry and Louise Mayer. For his bar mitvah in 1973 he asked his parents for a movie camera and received a Super 8 single lens with a zoom. His first [1 ] film was a dramatization of " The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia." After graduating from [2 ] Charles W. Woodward High School, he studied acting at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned an MFA in Theater in 1983. [3 ] He began performing onstage in [4 ] New York City but by 1990 had turned his efforts to directing, working as a freelancer while also teaching at NYU, the Lincoln Center Theater Institute, and the Juilliard School. [5 ]
Broadway [ edit ]
In 2007, Mayer won
his first Tony Award for his direction of the musical adaptation of (2006), which also took the award for Best Musical. He was nominated for the 2002 Tony for his direction of Spring Awakening , which he then directed on Thoroughly Modern Millie London's West End. Mayer also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for both Spring Awakening and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Broadway credits include (1999), the 1999 revival of The Lion in Winter , You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1998; Drama Desk Award), the 1998 Tony Award-winning revival of Side Man Arthur Miller's starring A View from the Bridge Anthony LaPaglia and Brittany Murphy, for which he was nominated for a Tony and won the Drama Desk Award, and , the musical starring Triumph of Love Betty Buckley, Susan Egan and F. Murray Abraham, with music by Jeffrey Stock and lyrics by Susan Bikenhead. He worked on the musical, based on Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot and the 2011 revival of American Idiot starring On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Harry Connick, Jr.. He is currently directing the first Broadway production of , which opened in 2014. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Off-Broadway [ edit ]
off-Broadway directing credits include The Credeaux Canvas, John C. Russell's , Stupid Kids Peter Hedges' Baby Anger, Theresa Rebeck's View of the Dome, and the New York premiere of Janusz Glowacki's Antigone in New York.
Film and television [ edit ]
After directing on- and off-Broadway for more than 15 years, Mayer made his feature film directorial debut with
, starring A Home at the End of the World Colin Farrell and Robin Wright Penn, in 2004. He went on to make the family film (2006), an adaptation of the story Flicka , which became a hit in DVD market. In 2013 and 2014 he directed selected episodes of Amazon's " My Friend Flicka Alpha House" starring John Goodman. In 2015, he directed a new film adaptation of , starring Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Mare Winningham, Saoirse Ronan, Brian Dennehy, etc. The Seagull
He directed the pilot of
NBC's TV series . Smash
He should not be confused with the identically spelled Michael Mayer, who directed a sleeper titled
Graduation (2007), which is available through Netflix's instant programming. (IMDb correctly has this film's direction attributed to a different Michael Mayer.)
He made his
Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012 with . He reset the scene from 16th-century Rigoletto Mantua to 1960s Las Vegas.
Stage productions [ edit ]
Whorl Inside A Loop (2015, with Dick Scanlan)
(2009) Everyday Rapture
10 Million Miles
Hundreds of Hats
References [ edit ]
^ "Names & Faces" (column), Washington Post, May 9, 1998, Style section, page D3.
^ "Michael Mayer biography and filmography | Michael Mayer movies". Tribute.ca . Retrieved . 2015-08-28
^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011 . Retrieved . 2011-12-01
^ Judith Weinraub. "'Angels' around America: Elaborate staging and mature themes make the Broadway hit a risk on the road," Washington Post, May 7, 1995, Sunday Arts section, page G7.
^ Alexis Greene (14 June 1998). "Hot director takes the stage(s)". The Star-Ledger. pp. 2 Spotlight.
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