Playwrights debut. Liesl is a Tony-nominated and Obie and Lortel awards-winning director whose recent Broadway production of Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o garnered six Tony nominations. Liesl made history as the first woman of color ever to be nominated for the Tony Award for Best Director of a Play. She also recently made her TV directorial debut with Ava Duvernay’s show, Queen Sugar on Oprah’s network OWN. Off-Broadway credits include Vineyard Theatre/Signature Theatre (VA): Kid Victory; The Public: Eclipsed, Party People, The Good Negro; Signature Theatre: Appropriate (Obie Award). Liesl has also directed Disney’s Frozen LIVE at the Hyperion Theater as well as various productions at Canadian Stage, Luminato Festival, Huntington Theater, Woolly Mammoth, Baltimore Centre Stage, Dallas Theater Center, OSF, Berkeley Repertory, Shakespeare Theater, CATF, Yale Repertory, California Shakespeare Theater and Trinity Repertory. Liesl is a Program Associate at The Sundance Institute and Associate Artist at Berkeley Repertory. Liesl is a proud native of Cape Town, South Africa.
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