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Anne Kauffman

Anne Kauffman is an American director known primarily for her work on new plays,[1][2] mainly in the New York area. She is a founding member of the theater group The Civilians.


Early life and educationEdit

Kauffman received her MFA in directing from the University of California, San Diego.

Kauffman has said: "I'm attracted to plays that need the theater and belong only to the theater,...I've always been very interested in writers who have a kind of mystery to them--something that makes me work a little hard and is compelling and mysterious...trying to get at the world from a slightly odd angle....I do love working with a playwright more than once."[3]


Kauffman directed The Thugs by Adam Bock Off-Broadway at the Soho Rep in 2006.[4] She received the 2007 Obie Award for direction for this production.[5]

Kauffman directed Amy Herzog's Belleville Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2013. The reviewer for Time Magazine wrote : "She [Kauffman] serves the play wonderfully, with a light but firm hand, for a tense, almost breathtaking hour and a half."[6] She also directed Belleville at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, in 2013. The reviewer of the Chicago production noted "Kauffmann's tense, adroit, nuanced, deftly cast production..."[7] She directed Amy Herzog's Mary Jane Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in Sept. 2017. Jesse Green, in his review for The New York Times, noted "Ms. Kauffman’s ideally detailed direction."[8]

Past Off-Broadway productions include Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison (2011) and Pulitzer Prize finalist play Detroit by Lisa D'Amour (2012) at Playwrights Horizons; [9]. Stunning by David Adjmi (2009) and Slowgirl by Greg Pierce (2012) at LCT3 ; [10] You'd Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents' Divorce (Written with The Civilians) at The Flea Theater (2012); This Wide Night by Chloe Moss by Naked Angels Theater Company (2010); Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan Le Franc at Soho Rep (2009); Have You Seen Steve Steven by Ann Marie Healy with 13P (2007); God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz at The Vineyard and New Georges (2007); and The Ladies by Anne Washburn at the Cherry Lane Theater and Dixon Place (2004).[11]

More recently, she directed Smokefall by Noah Haidle with Zachary Quinto at the Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2016 in an MCC production; she had previously directed the play at the South Coast Repertory, and the Goodman Theatre in 2013. She directed The Nether by Jennifer Haley in 2015 for MCC.[3][12] She directed Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison at Playwrights Horizons in 2015. This was the second time that Kauffman and Harrison worked together.[13] In 2014 she directed the Off-Broadway production of You Got Older by Clare Barron at HERE.[14] She directed Sundown, Yellow Moon by Rachel Bonds, which premiered Off-Broadway at the WP Theater in a co-production by Ars Nova and WP in 2017. Ben Brantley, in his review for The New York Times, noted the " beautifully acted production...directed with probing sensitivity by Anne Kauffman."[15]

Kauffman's past regional productions include Body Awareness by Annie Baker (2012) at the Wilma Theater;[16] and Pulitzer Prize finalist Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo (2009); The Flea and the Professor by Jordan Harrison at the Arden Theatre Company (2011); Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (2010); We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Adam Bock and Todd Almond at Yale Rep (2010); The Communist Dracula Pageant by Anne Washburn at ART (2008); Expecting Isabel by Lisa Loomer and Doubt by John Patrick Shanley at Asolo Repertory Theatre (2007); Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison at the Humana Festival of New American Plays (2006);[17]; and Typographer's Dream and Shaker Chair by Adam Bock (2005).

She is a Sundance Program Associate, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an alumna of the Soho Rep Writers and Directors Lab, a current member of Soho Rep’s Artistic Council, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League of New York, a founding member of The Civilians, an Associate Artist with Clubbed Thumb and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, and member of New Georges Kitchen Cabinet. From 2000-2006, Kauffman was on the directing faculty at NYU. Kauffman is an Executive Board Member of the SDC.

Kauffman is the Artistic Director of New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center, and was the co-Artistic Director with Jeanine Tesori for the 2018 season.

Awards and honorsEdit

She received the 2007 Obie Award for direction of The Thugs.[18][19] She received the 2015 Obie Award, for sustained excellence of direction.[20]

Other awards include a Lilly Award for directing in 2010,[21] the Alan Schneider Director Award,[22] the Joan and Joseph Cullman award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, 2004 Big Easy Award [23] and Ambie Award (for The Children's Hour) in New Orleans.

She has received Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best Direction in 2010 for Becky Shaw and in 2012 for Body Awareness.[24][25]

Detroit by Lisa D'Amour was listed in the top 10 productions of 2012 by The New York Times,[26] New York Magazine,[27] Time Magazine[28] and TimeOut NY[29]

She was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Play for You Got Older by Clare Barron.[30] She was nominated for the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for This Wide Night by Chloe Moss.[31] She was nominated for the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for Belleville.[32] She was nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for Marjorie Prime.[33] She was nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, for Adam Bock's A Life.[34] She received both the 2018 Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction of a play and the 2018 Obie Award for Directing for "Mary Jane." [35]


  1. ^ Grode, Eric. "Meet the Directors" New York Times, January 31, 2013
  2. ^ Kauffman" American Theatre Magazine, October 2007
  3. ^ a b Onofri, Adrienne. "BWW Interview: A Women's History Month Special [sic] with Director Anne Kauffman of 'SMOKEFALL'", March 9, 2016
  4. ^ Gutman, Les. "A CurtainUp Review. The Thugs " CurtainUp, October 5, 2006
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Champlin, Opel, Stuhlbarg, Sun and Miranda Among 2007 Obie Award Winners" Playbill, May 22, 2007
  6. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Down and Out in Paris: Amy Herzog’s 'Belleville' " Time Magazine, March 6, 2013
  7. ^ Jones, Chris. "Review. Belleville " Chicago Tribune, July 7, 2013
  8. ^ Green, Jesse. "Review: In 'Mary Jane,' a Young Mother Faces Her Worst Fears" The New York Times, September 25, 2017
  9. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Staging a Sisterhood". The New York Times, January 31, 2013
  10. ^ "INTERVIEW: Slowgirl's Anne Kauffman Takes a Direct Approach". TheaterMania, 2012
  11. ^ "The Go-To Two: Ken Rus Schmoll and Anne Kauffman ". The Village Voice February 4, 2009
  12. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Review: Jennifer Haley’s ‘The Nether’ Explores the Dark Side of the Web", The New York Times, February 24, 2015
  13. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "A CurtainUp Review. 'Marjorie Prime'", CurtainUp, accessed October 26, 2016
  14. ^ Levitt, Hayley. "Review. 'You Got Older' ", TheaterMania, November 6, 2014
  15. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Review: Songs Say What a Family Can’t in 'Sundown, Yellow Moon' " The New York Times, March 14, 2017
  16. ^ Rosenfield, Wendy. Review: 'Body Awareness' at the Wilma", January 12, 2012
  17. ^ Act A Lady, retrieved March 7, 2017
  18. ^ "Obies, 2007", Village Voice, accessed October 26, 2016
  19. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Obie Awards Will Be Held in May at Webster Hall; Presenters Announced", Playbill, April 4, 2012
  20. ^ "Obies, 2015", Village Voice, accessed October 26, 2016
  21. ^ "Lilly Awards" Archived June 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, 2010
  22. ^ [1] Theater Communications Guild, 2010
  23. ^ "Loyola's production of 'The Children’s Hour' receives Big Easy Award for Best University Production" Loyola University Press Release, April 30, 2004
  24. ^ "Barrymore Awards", retrieved March 7, 2017
  25. ^ Fiorillo, Victor. "The End of the Barrymore Awards?" Philly Magazine, September 25, 2012
  26. ^ "New York Times top 10 for theater 2012" The New York Times
  27. ^ New York Magazine top 10 for theater 2012 New York Magazine
  28. ^ Zoglin, Richard. "Time Magazine top 10 for theater 2012" Time Magazine, December 4, 2012
  29. ^ of-2012?pageNumber=2 Time Out NY top 10 for theater 2012 Archived February 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ Gans, Andrew; Gioia, Michael. "Drama Desk Award Winners Announced; 'Hamilton' Wins Seven Awards", Playbill, May 31, 2015
  31. ^ This Wide Night,, accessed October 26, 2016
  32. ^ Belleville,, accessed October 26, 2016
  33. ^ Marjorie Prime,, accessed October 26, 2016
  34. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Hadestown' and 'Sweeney Todd' Lead Lucille Lortel Nominations" Playbill, April 4, 2017
  35. ^ Mary Jane,, accessed August 14, 2018

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