Bartlett Sher is Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater in New York where his production of SOUTH PACIFIC premiered in 2008, winning him the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director of a Musical and also the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York. The landmark production, the musical’s first Broadway revival, won a total of seven Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Mr. Sher’s other credits for Lincoln Center Theater include JT Rogers’ Blood and Gifts, the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award nomination), Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination) and the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical The Light in the Plaza (Tony nomination). Next season, for Lincoln Center Theater, he will direct a new production of the Odets classic Golden Boy on Broadway.
He made his debut with New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2006 with a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, followed by productions of Les Comtes d’Hoffman and Le Comte Ory. This fall, he will open the MET’s 2012-2013 season with a new production of L’Elisir d’Amore. His other opera credits include Two Boys (English National Opera), Romeo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival) and Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and NY City Opera).
His other New York credits include Craig Lucas’ Prayer for My Enemy for Playwrights Horizons. For Theatre for A New Audience he directed Pericles, Don Juan, the American premiere of Harley Granville-Barker’s Waste (2000 Obie Award) and Cymbeline, which premiered in England at the Royal Shakespeare Company and which was the first American production ever to be performed at the RSC. The subsequent New York production of Cymbeline earned him the Callaway Award as well as Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations.
Formerly Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, Mr. Sher directed that Theatre’s world premieres of Prayer For My Enemy and The Dying Gaul by Craig Lucas (both of which he also directed for Connecticut’s Long Wharf Theatre) and Nickel and Dimed, Joan Holden’s adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller by Barbara Ehrenreich, which transferred to Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. His other productions for the Intiman include Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of our Teeth and Our Town, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and The Three Sisters, both in new adaptations by Craig Lucas, Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, and Shakespeare’s Richard III, Titus Andronicus and Cymbeline. Under his direction the Intiman received the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
He received his graduate training as the only American in a class of international theatre artists at Leeds University in England. He has directed, lectured and run workshops in theaters, universities and training programs across the country. He currently serves on the Board of Theatre Communications Group, and has held positions as associate artistic director at Hartford Stage and company director at The Guthrie Theater under his mentor, Garland Wright.