We salute the fabulous director Liesl Tommy (Writer/Director Lab 2004/2005 season) who was recently announced as the new Associate Director of Berkeley Rep. You can read more about the announcement here. Liesl has been a go-to director for new plays that are both American and internationally based. In fact, perhaps it was a harbinger of her career to come that in The Lab she worked on Jason Grote’s 1001, itself a play by an American writer with huge international concerns. Liesl is also fast becoming a major interpreter of August Wilson’s work; she directed THE PIANO LESSON at Yale Rep recently and MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. Other recent work includes Tracy Scott Wilson’s Civil Rights era THE GOOD NEGRO for Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater.
It was also recently announced that Liesl has become the first recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing Award. “The residency-based award will be given to a talented early or mid-career director, and will provide its recipients with space, time and support to develop projects and strike new collaborations while in residence at the theatre.” We thrill to discover what this internationally-minded and most creative director decides to work on next.