Rebecca Taichman

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Rebecca Taichman is an American theatre director. In 2017, she received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for Indecent.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Taichman attended McGill University, Montreal,[2] and graduated from the Yale School of Drama.[3] She was the associate artistic director at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, D.C. for two years.[4] She is an affiliated artist at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C, where she has directed Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night (2008),[5] The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline (2011). The Washington Post reviewer wrote of her work: "Taichman has a proven knack for framing difficult plays in tantalizing ways. Her saucy, la dolce vita The Taming of the Shrew in 2007 remains one of the smartest nights of Shakespeare the company has offered."[6][2]

Playbill noted that Taichman cannot be put in a category: "...her career is marked by an eclectic range of works—from new plays to outdoor operas. Taichman said that 'The end goal of it to open people’s hearts.' ”[7]

She has directed several Shakespeare plays at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton. New Jersey, including The Winter’s Tale in 2013. She said: "With Shakespeare, there's obviously no playwright telling me what he wants to see or how he wants to see it. In a sense, it's extremely liberating, if also lonely. When directing Shakespeare, I'm looking for my deepest, most authentic possible connection to the play and trusting that way in."[8]

Work (selected) as stage director[edit]

Sources: Internet Off-Broadway Database;[9] Internet Broadway Database[10]

Work as opera director[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Tony Awards 2017 updates: Kevin Spacey's opening is a hit; 'Dear Evan Hansen' gains momentum with multiple wins". Los Angeles Times. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Onofri, Adrienne. "BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special with 'Familiar' Director Rebecca Taichman", March 23, 2016
  3. ^ "Rebecca Taichman Bio", retrieved September 28, 2017
  4. ^ Grodejan, Eric. "Meet the Directors" The New York Times, January 31, 2013
  5. ^ Pressley, Nelson. "Rebecca Taichman Gets a Big Palette to Fill Directing 'Twelfth Night' " The Washington Post, December 8, 2008
  6. ^ Marks, Peter. " 'Cymbeline': A fairy tale without magic" The Washington Post, January 26, 2011
  7. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman On Why 'Time and the Conways' Was the Perfect Next Project" Playbill, September 16, 2017
  8. ^ " 'Winter’s Tale' at McCarter", retrieved September 28, 2017
  9. ^ "Rebecca Taichman Off-Broadway Credits", retrieved September 28, 2017
  10. ^ " Indecent on Broadway", retrieved September 28, 2017
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Sarah's Ruhl's 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' Begins World Premiere at D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth" Playbill, June 4, 2007
  12. ^ "Press Release: 'Time and the Conways' Cast and Creative Team Announcement", March 24, 2014
  13. ^ Tommasini, Anthony. "One Man, Five Wives and Lasting Questions" The New York Times, November 10, 2011
  14. ^ Tommasini, Anthony. "City Opera’s Unabashed Underworld" The New York Times, May 13, 2012
  15. ^ "Awards 2017", retrieved September 29, 2017