The best New York theater directors



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Jay Scheib
Mixing multimedia with deadpan-cool (and very sexy) actors, Scheib is forging new ways of seeing drama.

Ken Rus Schmoll
Schmoll takes on more difficult playwrights, teasing out the ambiguity and menace in their words.

Elizabeth LeCompte
As chief engineer of the Wooster Group’s postmodern tech spectacles, she has influenced a generation of experimenters.

Anne Kauffman
She helmed two of our favorite shows in years: The Thugs and God’s Ear. Sensitive to thorny language, she makes the murky crystal clear.

Joe Mantello
Sure, he helmed the blockbuster Wicked, but the former actor is most at home working on tough drama on an intimate level.

Richard Foreman
They don’t call him the king of the avant-garde for nothing; Foreman is the auteur’s auteur: He writes, designs, directs and even operates the sound.

Robert Woodruff
It’s criminal how little he works in the city, but when he does, we’re transfixed by the elegant brutality of his cool tableaux.

Stephen Daldry
Without this bold British director (of stage and screen), Billy Elliot wouldn’t have been nearly so magical.

Julie Taymor
We’re waiting for a follow-up as impressive as The Lion King, but until then, we’ll still get weepy over "Circle of Life."

Bartlett Sher
This guy can do everything: old-fashioned musicals like South Pacific and great drama like Awake and Sing! He’s a treasure.

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