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Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow

Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club
Born on Tuesday, November 12, 1946

Interviewed on: Friday, February 20, 2015
Location: Her office at Manhattan Theatre Club
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #28
Photo Credit: Anita Shevett
"We’ve always needed to hear stories and we’ve always needed to be around live people telling us stories. We know how that sustains us."
Lynne Meadow Highlights
Video Length: 5 minutes, 10 seconds
Lynne Meadow Interview
Video Length: 2 Hours, 21 Minutes

As Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972, Lynne Meadow has grown the company from the ground up, when its home was off-off-Broadway on East 73rd Street. MTC now occupies three venues: the Friedman Theatre on Broadway, and two stages at New York City Center off Broadway. During her over-four-decade tenure, Meadow has accepted every major award on behalf of the company, including 48 Obies and 39 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Tonys, Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Six plays produced by MTC have received Pulitzer Prizes for Drama under her leadership. She has overseen hundreds of shows, including the off-Broadway productions of CHILDREN  (1976), CATSPLAY (1978), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (1978), THE JAIL DIARY OF ALBIE SACHS (1979),MASS APPEAL (1980), CRIMES OF THE HEART (1980) THE SINGULAR LIFE OF ALBERT NOBBS (1982), THREE SISTERS(1982), SKIRMISHES (1982), THE MISS FIREECRACKER CONTEST (1984), IT’S ONLY A PLAY (1985), FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE  (1987), WHAT  THE BUTLER SAW (1989), ARISTOCRATS (1989), THE LISBON TRAVIATA (1989), BAD HABITS  (1990), LIPS TOGETHER , TEETH APART (1991), BEGGARS IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY (1991), THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC (1993), LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! (1984), KINDERTRANSPORT (1994), SYLVIA (1995), THE RADICAL MYSTIQUE (1996), COLLECTED STORIES (1997), EYES FOR CONSUELA (1998), FUDDY MEERS (1999), PROOF (2000),NEWYORKERS (2001), HOUSE/GARDEN (2002), YELLOWMAN (2002), DOUBT (2004), RUINED (2009), MURDER BALLAD(2012), CHOIR BOY (2013), TALES FROM RED VIENNA (2014), WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID (2014),HEISESENBERG (2015), INCOGNITO (2016), and COST OF LIVING (2017).

Her off-Broadway directing credits include, most recently, Penelope Skinner’s LINDA with Janie Dee (2017), Melissa Ross’ OF GOOD STOCK with Alicia Silverstone (2015), Amanda Peet’s THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA with Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner (2013), Charles Busch’s OUR LEADING LADY (2007) and THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE (2000), David Greig’s THE AMERICAN PILOT (2006),Ron Hutchinson’s MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS (2005), Leslie Ayvazian’s NINE ARMENIANS (1996; Drama Desk nomination, Best Director), Donald Margulies’ THE LOMAN FAMILY PICNIC with Christine Baranski (1993), Alan Ayckbourn’s WOMAN IN MIND (1988; Drama Desk nomination, Best Director), Sybille Pearson’s SALLY AND MARSHA (1982), and David Rudkin’s ASHES (1976; The Public, Obie Award), and New York premieres of plays by Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Lee Blessing, and Israel Horowitz as well as productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Spoleto Festival, and the O’Neill Theatre Center.

Meadow is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College and served on the Board of Trustees. She also attended the Yale School of Drama and was named a Herbert Brodkin Fellow. She has taught at a number of lauded university theatre programs including Yale, Fordham and NYU. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mr. Abbott Award, Lucille Lortel and Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, Louis Auchincloss Prize, and is a 2013 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

Mentioned in Interview

A.J. Antoon, Larry Arrick, Alan Ayckbourn, Christine Baranski, John Lee Beatty Arvin Brown, Ed Bullins, Charles Busch, Morgan Freeman, Brian Friel, Richard Greenberg, Barry Grove, John Guare, A.R. Gurney, Tom Haas, Duncan Hazard, Beth Henley, Woodie King, Jr., Nathan Lane, David Lindsay-Abaire, Donald Margulies, Robert Moss, Terrence McNally, Robert Moss, Richard Nelson, Joseph Papp, Austin Pendleton, Nikos Psacharopoulos, John Patrick Shanley, Peter Solomon, Ellen Stewart, John Tillinger, American Place Theatre, APA Phoenix, City Center Theatre at St. Clements, Circle Repertory, The Clark Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, NYSF/The Public, Off-Broadway Alliance, Old Bohemian Social Hall, O'Neill Theater Center, Theater for the New City, Truck and Warehouse Theatre , ASHES, CRIMES OF THE HEART, GOLDEN BOY, HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST THE SIRENS, UBU ROI