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Alex Timbers (born August 7, 1978) is an American two-time Tony-nominated writer and director and the recipient of Golden Globe, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and London Evening Standard Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lucile Lortel Awards.

Alex Timbers
Born (1978-08-07) August 7, 1978 (age 40)
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer
Years active2009–present

His Broadway directing credits include Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher for which he was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which he also wrote the dialogue for and was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award, and The Pee-wee Herman Show which was filmed for HBO and was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award.[1] Timbers is Artistic Director of the New York-based company Les Freres Corbusier.[2]

Timbers is a co-creator of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle which won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.[3]



Timbers grew up in New York City. He graduated from Yale University.[1]


In 2014, Timbers directed Rocky on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, for which he was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director.[4]

In 2013 and again in 2014, Timbers directed Here Lies Love at the Public Theater in New York City, an immersive club musical about Imelda Marcos featuring the music of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Director.[5] The show was extended at the Public Theater three times, becoming the second-longest running show in the theater's history, and made numerous year-end Best Of lists including The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Time, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Out, New York Magazine, and Vogue.[6] He was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director.

In 2014, Timbers directed Here Lies Love at the National Theatre in London. Timbers, Byrne, and Fatboy Slim won the London Evening Standard "Beyond Theatre" Award "for pushing the boundaries of musicals."[7]

In March 2012, Timbers and Roger Rees co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway. It was subsequently nominated for nine Tony Awards and won five.[8] In March 2011, Timbers co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher for Disney Theatricals at New York Theatre Workshop.[9] The show opened to a rave review from Ben Brantley in The New York Times, and Timbers won the 2011 Obie Award for Direction.[10][11] The production was the fastest-selling show in New York Theatre Workshop's history and extended three times.[12]

For Gutenberg! The Musical!, Timbers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical.[13] For Hell House, Timbers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Theatrical Experience. His production of Dixie's Tupperware Party was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.[14] Timbers conceived and directed A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, for which he and writer Kyle Jarrow won an Obie Award. Timbers also won two Garland Awards for the subsequent Los Angeles production, and his 2006 revival was heralded by The New York Times as the "Best Revival of the Year."[15][16]

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, co-written with Michael Friedman, opened with Timbers directing at the Public Theater to rave reviews.[17] It returned to the Public the following year, extended three times, and became the second highest-grossing show in the downtown institution's history.[18] It transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway on September 20, 2010.[19] The show won a Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Award for Best Musical. Timbers won a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for his book, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award for his direction.[20]

In August 2013, Timbers and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer Michael Friedman reunited for a musical version of the play Love's Labour's Lost that appeared as part of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre.[21]

His other credits include The Language of Trees for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Beyond Therapy for Williamstown Theatre Festival and Bay Street Theater, the Off-Broadway hit Boozy, for which he also served as playwright, and underground at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and internationally with David Dorfman Dance.[22]

Les Freres productions include Dance Dance Revolution, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hell House, Heddatron, and Hoover Comes Alive!.[23] In Fall 2005, Timbers served as an assistant director on the Broadway premiere of Jersey Boys.[24] He is a co-creator with Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Paul Weitz of the Amazon Studios series Mozart in the Jungle. He has served as Co-Executive Producer on all episodes.

In December 2016, it was announced that he had signed on as director of Cruella, a film that will focus on the villainess from Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film was announced after the success of the studio's Maleficent, along with a list of other live-action adaptations of classic Disney films. Emma Stone is cast to portray Cruella de Vil. In December 2018, it was announced that Timbers will no longer be directing Cruella due to scheduling conflicts and will be replaced by the I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie.[25]



  1. ^ a b Berkowitz, Ari (September 10, 2010). "A bloody, bloody interview with Alex Timbers '01". Yale Daily News. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Archived July 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Mozart in the Jungle". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  4. ^ "Rocky on Broadway | Official Site for Tickets | New York City". Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  5. ^ Cox, Gordon (2014-05-04). "Off Broadway's Lortel Awards Like 'Here Lies Love,' 'Fun Home' and 'The Open House' (COMPLETE LIST)". Variety. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  6. ^ "You're the Top! Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie, Here Lies Love and More Top 2013 "Best of Theatre" Lists". Playbill. 2013-12-26. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  7. ^ "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014: the best of British theatre". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  8. ^ "Features". Peter and the Starcatcher. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth (July 28, 2008). "Can He Fly? Disney and La Jolla Will Test Wings of Starcatchers — a Peter Pan Prequel". Playbill. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben (March 9, 2011). "'Peter and the Starcatcher' at Theater Workshop - Review". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "OBIES", May 16, 2011
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth (2011-03-24). "Acclaimed Peter and the Starcatcher Gets One Last Extension Off-Broadway". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  13. ^ Jones, Kenneth (April 26, 2007). "Award-Nominated 'Gutenberg! The Musical!' Will Close May 6 in NYC". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011.
  14. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary (March 14, 2007). "Andersson, Meriwether and Timbers Team on Dixie's Tupperware Party". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012.
  15. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (September 15, 2006). "A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant Returns to NYC". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011.
  16. ^ Brantley, Ben (June 3, 2007). "The Tonys - Critics' Picks". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  17. ^ Brantley, Ben (May 18, 2009). "Old Hickory, That Emo Punk, Singing and Dancing to Fame". The New York Times.
  18. ^ Hetrick, Adam (2010-06-19). "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Hits 100th Performance at the Public". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  19. ^ Haun, Harry (October 14, 2010). "PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson — Old Hickory Is Smokin'". Playbill. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010.
  20. ^ Gans, Andrew (2010-04-26). "Outer Critics Circle Awards Noms Announced; Memphis, Royal Family Top List". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  21. ^ "Love's Labour's Lost". Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  22. ^ Staff. "Alex Timbers". Gutenberg! The Musical! - (Creative). Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  23. ^ "Welcome to La Jolla Playhouse". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  24. ^ The Broadway League. "'Jersey Boys' Listing". Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  25. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (December 4, 2018). "Craig Gillespie In Talks To Direct Emma Stone In 'Cruella'". Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  26. ^ Patten, Dominic (28 February 2013). "Alex Timbers Set To Direct Shakespeare Musical Pic For Disney". Deadline. Retrieved 20 January 2017.

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