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Rob Ashford

Rob Ashford

Rob Ashford won the 2012 Olivier Award for his production of ANNA CHRISTIE starring Jude Law and Ruth Wilson at London's Donmar Warehouse. The production opened to rave reviews with The Independent's anointing it as "picture perfect" and David Benedict stating that "the production's hallmark is its boldness." Rob most recently directed the Broadway revival of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF starring Scarlett Johansson, and MACBETH with Sir Kenneth Branagh at New York's Park Avenue Armory and The Manchester International Festival. The Telegraph claimed "This is a Macbeth that won't just go down as a highlight of the Manchester International Festival but as one of the Scottish Play's great revivals," and Ben Brantley of the New York Times proclaimed "Mr. Ashford uses his experience as a celebrated director of musicals to stunning, time-bending effect." Rob received his 8th Tony Nomination for his work on the Broadway revival of EVITA starring Ricky Martin, and received the Tony Award for his work on the Broadway production of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Other Broadway credits include HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (Tony Award Nominations for his direction and choreography), PROMISES, PROMISES (Tony Award Nomination), SHREK, John Water's CRY BABY (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Fred Astaire Awards), CURTAINS (Tony Award nomination), and WEDDING SINGER (Tony Award nomination). In London, Rob also directed the highly acclaimed Olivier Award winning revivals of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE starring Rachel Weisz and PARADE at The Donmar Warehouse. Rob did the choreography and staging for last year's Academy Awards with Seth MacFarlane and won the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Choreography for his work on Baz Luhrmann's production number (featuring Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé) at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. He has also choreographed the opening number for The Tony Awards starring Neil Patrick Harris for the past 4 years. He choreographed the feature film BEYOND THE SEA directed by and starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Walt Disney Production's upcoming film CINDERELLA directed by Kenneth Branagh. Most recently, Rob directed and choreographed NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, for which he received a DGA Award Nomination, and this January directed THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Chicago Lyric Opera. Rob is an Associate Director at The Old Vic Theatre. He also serves on the Executive Board of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and is a Trustee of The Joyce Theatre in New York City.