Des McAnuff


DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and the immediate past Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. He is Artistic Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure he directed more than 35 productions of classics, new plays and musicals.

Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards, Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award, Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula the Musical, How to Succeed…, The Who’s Tommy (Olivier Awards, Best Musical, Best Director; Tony Award, Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Award, Best Director, Best Musical).

Stratford highlights: A Word or Two, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra (all with Christopher Plummer)

Opera: Faust at the Met and ENO, Wozzeck at San Diego Opera.

Film: Cousin Bette, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer).

Upcoming projects: Tommy, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Dr. Zhivago, Senna at the Metropolitan Opera.