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Douglas Hughes is an American theatre director.

Early life

Hughes is the son of acting couple Barnard Hughes (1915–2006) and Helen Stenborg. He attended Harvard University, starting as a biology major and graduating with a degree in English.[1]


Hughes worked for 12 years as the associate artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre, from 1984 to 1996, under Daniel Sullivan.[2] The Los Angeles Times noted: "Hughes has a transparent style, emphasizing story and character, not flashy gestures. Lynne Meadow, artistic director of Manhattan Theatre Club, said that he is 'a wonderful director and smart guy.' "[1] Hughes was the artist-in-residence at the New School for Drama, New York City, in 2007/08. He has been the associate artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club and director of artistic planning of the Guthrie Theater.[3] He was the artistic director at the Long Wharf Theatre from 1997 to 2001.[1][4] Hughes has directed both Off-Broadway and on Broadway.

He directed The Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelson Off-Broadway at the MCC Theater in 1996, and won the 1995/96 Obie Award for Direction.[5] In 2004 and 2005, Hughes directed Doubt: A Parable Off-Broadway and on Broadway, for which he won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play,[6] and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play.[7][8]

In 2009, Hughes directed the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, starring Chris Pine and Chris Noth at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.[9]

As a Resident Director of the Roundabout Theatre, he has directed many plays for the Roundabout,[10] including The Big Knife in 2013[11] and Mrs. Warren's Profession in 2010.[12][13]

He directed Frozen in 2004 at the Circle in the Square on Broadway and at the MCC Theater Off-Broadway, receiving a nomination for the 2004 Tony Award, Direction of a Play,[14] and 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play.[15] He directed the musical Death Takes a Holiday Off-Broadway in 2011,[16] and received a nomination for the 2012 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical. He directed Inherit the Wind in 2007 at the Lyceum Theatre, and was nominated for the 2007 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Play.[17] He has directed several plays for the Manhattan Theatre Club, including Outside Mullingar in 2014,[18] and The Father in 2015/16.[19]

He directed the new play by Ayad Akhtar Junk: The Golden Age of Debt in its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2016 and on Broadway in 2017.[20]



  1. ^ a b c McCarter, Jeremy. "An actor's director? There's no doubt" Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2005
  2. ^ "Council", accessed December 28, 2015
  3. ^ "The New School for Drama Names Doug Hughes Artist-in-Residence", September 4, 2007
  4. ^ Ehren, Christine. "Doug Hughes Resigns as Long Wharf Artistic Director", June 5, 2001
  5. ^ The Grey Zone, accessed December 30, 2015
  6. ^ "Doubt, Spamalot, Twelve Angry Men, La Cage Win 2005 Drama Desk Awards". Playbill. 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  7. ^ "Spamalot, Doubt Top Tony Awards". Washington Post. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  8. ^ "Doubt's Doug Hughes to Direct Ever After Musical; Creative Team Announced". Playbill. 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  9. ^ BWW News Desk. "Noth & Pine Head 'FARRAGUT NORTH' at Geffen Beginning 6/18". Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  10. ^ "Doug Hughes", accessed December 28, 2015
  11. ^ The Big Knife, accessed December 30, 2015
  12. ^ Mrs. Warren's Profession, accessed December 30, 2015
  13. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "CurtainUp Review. Mrs. Warren's Profession, September 29, 2010
  14. ^ "Frozen Broadway" Archived January 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, accessed December 28, 2015
  15. ^ "Frozen Off-Broadway", accessed december 30, 2015
  16. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Set Aside That Scythe, and Let’s Put on a Show", The New York Times, July 21, 2011
  17. ^ "Inherit the Wind Broadway" Archived January 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, accessed December 28, 2015
  18. ^ "Outside Mullingar Broadway", accessed December 28, 2015
  19. ^ The Father, production details, Manhattan Theatre Club
  20. ^ Junk Playbill (vault), retrieved April 25, 2018


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