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Julie Taymor



Biography

Working in musicals, Shakespeare, film, and opera, Julie Taymor is a wildly imaginative and provocative director and designer. In 1998, Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award(r) for Best Direction of a Musical for her production of The Lion King. Her 1996 Broadway debut, Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass, earned five Tony(r) nominations. Other theater credits include The Green Bird, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Transposed Heads, Liberty's Taken, and Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. Taymor's feature films include Titus starring Anthony Hopkins, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest starring Helen Mirren. Taymor has also directed five operas internationally, including Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, as well as Salomé, The Flying Dutchman, Die Zauberflöte, The Magic Flute, and Elliot Goldenthal's Grendel. Taymor is a 1991 recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship.
Julie Taymor