Liesl Tommy

NNHS Alum Liesl Tommy Wins OBIE for Directing!

Congrats to Newton North High School’s own Liesl Tommy who won an OBIE for directing!

Liesl Tommy on Directing APPROPRIATE from Signature Theatre on Vimeo.

Liesl Tommy won a directing Obie for “Appropriate.”

The Obies, which honor work Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway, were presented by The Village Voice in a ceremony at Webster Hall. From the New York Times

Liesl Tommy ‘s recent credits include the world premieres of Party People by Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival),The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang(DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage), Eclipsedby Danai Gurira (Yale Reperatory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and McCarter Theatre), The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater/NYSF and Dallas Theater Center), A History of Light by Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), and Angela’s Mixtape by Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges).

Other credits include Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater), American Buffalo (Baltimore Centerstage), The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre), Ruined (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Stick Fly (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), A Cristmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company), and Flight (City Theatre).

Her productions have won numerous awards for directing, acting, and design. She has taught master classes in acting, directing, and new play development internationally and has taught at The Juilliard School, Trinity Rep/Brown University, The Strasberg Institute, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ms.

Tommy was awarded the NEA/TCG Directors Grant and is an artistic associate at Sundance Theatre Institute. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa and a graduate of Newton North High School and Trinity Repertory Conservatory.

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