ANNE KAUFFMAN was described by the New York Times as “one of the leading lights of downtown theater,” and has directed at most major New York non-profit and regional theaters. Her recent credits include MARVIN’S ROOM by Scott McPherson at the Roundabout Theatre Company, MARY JANE by Amy Herzog at Yale Rep, SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON by Rachel Bonds and The Bengsons at Ars Nova/Women’s Project Theatre, HUNDRED DAYS by The Bengsons at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, A LIFE by Adam Bock at Playwrights Horizons (Lortel Award nomination), Tom Holloway’s AND NO MORE SHALL WE PART starring Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek at Williamstown Theatre Festival, MARJORIE PRIME by Jordan Harrison with Lois Smith at Playwrights Horizons (Lortel and Drama League Nominations for Outstanding Director), BUZZER by Tracey Scott Wilson with the Public Theater, THE NETHER by Jennifer Haley with MCC, YOU GOT OLDER by Clare Barron with P73 Productions (Drama Desk Nomination), SMOKEFALL by Noah Haidle with Zachary Quinto at MCC, The Goodman Theater and South Coast Rep, 100 DAYS a new musical by The Bengsons at Z Space in San Francisco, YOUR MOTHER’S COPY OF THE KAMA SUTRA by Kirk Lynn with Playwrights Horizons, THE MUSCLES IN OUR TOES by Stephen Belber with the Labyrinth Theater Company. Other credits include: Lisa D’Amour’s Pulitzer Prize finalist play DETROIT starring David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan at Playwrights Horizons (NY Times, New York Magazine and TimeOut NY Top 10 Productions of 2012), MAPLE AND VINE also at Playwrights Horizons, SOMEWHERE FUN by Jenny Schwartz at the Vineyard Theater, Amy Herzog’s BELLEVILLE for Yale Rep, NY Theatre Workshop and Steppenwolf (Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Director), Chloe Moss’s THIS WIDE NIGHT starring Edie Falco and Alison Pill for Naked Angels (Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Director), the musical WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Adam Bock and Todd Almond with Yale Rep, STUNNING by David Adjmi and Greg Pierce’s SLOWGIRL for LCT3, YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS’ DIVORCE with the Civilians at Williamstown, ArtsEmerson and The Flea, GOD’S EAR by Jenny Schwartz with New Georges and the Vineyard.
She is a Sundance Program Associate, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an alumna of the Soho Rep Writers and Directors Lab, a current member of Soho Rep’s Artistic Council, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Drama League of New York, a founding member of The Civilians, an Associate Artist with Clubbed Thumb and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, and member of New Georges Kitchen Cabinet. From 2000-2006, Anne was on the directing faculty at NYU. She received her MFA in directing from UCSD, and a BA in Slavic Languages and Literature and Theater from Stanford University. Anne is an Executive Board Member of the SDC.
Anne’s awards include two Obie Awards including one for Sustained Excellence, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award, two Barrymore Awards, and a Lilly Award.