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Bartlett Sher
American theatre director

Bartlett Sher

Bartlett Sher
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Intro American theatre director
Is Theatre director Theater professional Music director
From United States of America
Field Arts Music
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1959, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Age 64 years
Star sign Capricorn
Residence Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, California
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical 2008
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Bartlett B. Sher (born March 27, 1959), also "Bart", is an American theatre director. He received both the 2008 Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his direction of the Broadway revival of South Pacific. The New York Times has described him as "one of the most original and exciting directors, not only in the American theater but also in the international world of opera". Sher has been nominated for Tony Awards in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015, winning in 2008.

Early life

Sher was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Aird (Stewart) and Joseph Sher. He had six siblings, including a twin brother. He was raised Catholic (during his teenage years, he found out that his Lithuanian-born father was Jewish). Sher attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, California, and later the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He returned to St. Ignatius to teach English and run the theatre program.

During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games he was influenced by the arts programs associated with the Games, particularly by the work of Polish director Tadeusz Kantor.


Sher served as associate artistic director at Hartford Stage (Hartford, Connecticut) and company director at the Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, Minnesota) where he worked with Garland Wright, who was a mentor as was Robert Woodruff. Sher has directed, taught and led workshops across the country and internationally. He was artistic director at Intiman Theatre in Seattle and in 2008 was named resident director at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

Intiman Playhouse, Seattle

Sher served as Artistic Director at Intiman Playhouse in Seattle from 2000–2010. During 2010 Sher handed over this job to his successor, Kate Whoriskey. (The Intiman cancelled its 2011 season due to financial problems). His productions at Intiman have included:

  • Nickel and Dimed, a world premiere by Joan Holden based on the book by Barbara Ehrenreich;
  • Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (British housewife becomes fascinated with Afghanistan);
  • Ingmar Bergman's Nora; (adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House)
  • George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man;
  • William Shakespeare's Cymbeline and Titus Andronicus;
  • Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters.
  • Works by Craig Lucas:
    • The Dying Gaul (a funny and tragic story of a grieving Hollywood scriptwriter)
    • The Singing Forest (world premiere) — (neurotics and therapists sparring)
    • Prayer for My Enemy (dysfunctional family, friendship, war in Iraq)
    • The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas (chance meeting in Florence leads to romance)

Other theatre and opera

  • Mourning Becomes Electra for Seattle Opera;
  • At the Theatre for a New Audience ("TFANA", New York) he directed productions of:
    • 2000 — Waste by Harley Granville Barker (American premiere and 2000 OBIE for Best Play),
    • 2002 — Cymbeline by Shakespeare
    • 2003 — Dom Juan by Molière
    • 2004 — Pericles, Prince of Tyre by Shakespeare
  • He directed Cymbeline, Don Juan and Pericles at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  • In 2006 Sher directed Gioachino Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center.
  • In 2009 Sher directed the opera Tales of Hoffman at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (opening December 3, 2009).
  • In 2010 Sher directed a musical production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, based on the 1988 film by Pedro Almodóvar. The show opened November 4, 2010 on Broadway in a Lincoln Center Theater production. The musical was criticized by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as being distracted, gimmicky and overdesigned.
  • In March 2011, Le Comte Ory by Gioachino Rossini opened at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in a production directed by Sher. The reviewer for the New York Times called the production "lively, colorful and inventive."
  • In June 2011, Sher's production of the world premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys was presented at the English National Opera. The American debut took place October, 2013, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Met commissioned the production.
  • The previously announced revival of Funny Girl that Sher was expected to direct with a Broadway opening in February 2012 has been postponed.
  • In December, 2012 Golden Boy by Clifford Odets as directed by Sher opened in New York to a positive review in the New York Times. This production was staged at the Belasco Theatre, the same spot where Golden Boy was first presented on Broadway, 75 years earlier. The production received eight Tony award nominations, including Sher's fifth for directing. Sher had directed Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! in 2006. The production ran from December 2012 into January 2013 for 53 performances.
  • In 2014 Sher directed a musical production of the novel The Bridges of Madison County. The production ran for 100 performances from February to May, 2014.
  • Sher is the director of the current Broadway revival of The King and I, which opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center on April 16, 2015, with Kelli O'Hara as "Anna Leonowens", Ken Watanabe as "The King of Siam", and Ruthie Ann Miles as "Lady Tiang". He received a 2015 Tony Award Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, and the production received Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (O'Hara), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Miles) and Best Costume Design of a Musical (Catherine Zuber).
  • Sher directed a Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Danny Burstein as "Tevye" and Jessica Hecht as "Golde", which opened at the Broadway Theatre on December 17, 2015 and is currently running.

Recognition and awards

Sher has received national and international recognition for his work as a director, including the following productions:

Personal life

Sher recently lived in New York with his wife Kristin Flanders (a Yale trained actress) and two daughters. His father, an insurance broker whom he described to The New York Times as a "brilliant businessman, very charismatic", was also a serious philanderer who had a second family with another woman. Sher's childhood was marked by a drawn-out divorce.

His mother soon met a Chinese-American man, Doug Chung, who moved in, helped rear the family and brought them much needed stability. Sher's experiences with interracial blended families informed his directing of South Pacific.

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