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Ethan McSweeny

Ethan McSweeny

Ethan McSweeny is an internationally acclaimed director based in New York City.  Hailed in his early career by American Theatre magazine as a “wunderkind with a Midas touch,” over the last two decades he has amassed a body of work so remarkable for its diverse range and breadth that according to The Irish Times, “as a director he himself is hard to figure out.” Mr. McSweeny made his breakout New York debut with the electrifying Off-Broadway premiere of John Logan’s Leopold and Loeb thriller Never the Sinner, winning Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards in 1998.  Two years later, he made his Broadway debut with a revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, which was recognized with a Tony Award nomination, and the Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Revival.  A regular on the New York stage, his work there includes the Broadway premiere of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, a landmark adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Persians for the National Actor’s Theatre, and the world premieres of Thomas Bradshaw’s Fulfillment (The Flea), Kate Fodor’s Rx (Primary Stages) and 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons) and Jason Grote’s 1001 (Page 73) – the latter two of which were simultaneously named “Top Ten of 2007” by TimeOut and Entertainment Weekly magazines.

His international work includes opening the 2016 Macau Arts Festival in China with a tour of his A Midsummer Night’s Dream, two seasons at the celebrated Stratford Festival in Canada (Liaisons Dangereuses, Pirates of Penzance), and a series of acclaimed productions at the Gate Theatre in Dublin including Florian Zeller’s The Father (nominated for three Irish Times Awards including Best Production), Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Brian Friel’s A Month in the Country, and a revival A Streetcar Named Desire starring Lia Williams that was recognized with a brace of Irish Times Awards including Best Director.

Within the United States he has directed more than seventy productions of premieres, classics, and musicals on most of the country’s preeminent stages including the Guthrie, the Goodman, the Old Globe, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Arena Stage, the Alley, Denver Center, Wilma, CenterStage, Westport Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Dallas Theatre Center, George Street Playhouse, and Pittsburgh Public among others.

He recently directed his first opera for Washington National Opera and will return there in January to stage Mohammed Fairouz’s world premiere of The Dictator’s Wife. Films in development include Carol Carpenter’s borderland thriller The Guadalupe and Frank Allen’s historical micro-epic, Twelve Days in May.

Mr. McSweeny served as Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Theatre Company from 2004-2011 and is currently a trustee of SDC, the national labor union representing directors and choreographers. A native of the city of Washington, he received the first degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts ever conferred by Columbia University.