Doug Hughes

New York productions include the Theatre for a New Audience production of Engaged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and the Broadway production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen starring Swoosie Kurtz, Brian F. O’Byrne and Laila Robbins. In 2003, he directed Amy Freed’s The Beard of Avon for New York Theatre Workshop. His NYTW production of Flesh and Blood with Cherry Jones won him the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation 2003 Callaway Award for Excellence in Direction on the New York stage. Other New York productions have included the Public Theater’s Othello with Leiv Schreiber and Keith David, MCC Theater’s Scattergood with Brian Murray, John Guare’s Lake Hollywood for the Signature Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club’s An Experiment with An Air Pump with Linda Emond, the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Central Park production of Henry V with Andre Braugher, David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy, Mystery School with Tyne Daly and Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone for which he received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding direction.

Regional productions include All My Sons with Richard Dreyfuss and Jill Clayburgh and Outward Bound with Jefferson Mays for the Westport Country Playhouse, The Little Foxes with Elizabeth Ashley for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Direction), Alfred Uhry’s Edgardo Mine for the Hartford Stage Company, Hedda Gabler (in his own English version) and The Playboy of the Western World, both with Martha Plimpton, for the Steppenwolf Theater Company. Mr. Hughes has directed for the Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theater, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and the Sundance Festival.

From 1997-2001, Mr. Hughes served as Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre. From 1996-97, He was the Guthrie Theater’s Director of Artistic Planning. Mr. Hughes was the Associate Artistic Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre from 1984-1996 and of the Manhattan Theatre Club from 1980-1983.

Mr. Hughes is Resident Director at MCC Theater. In partnership with MCC and Daryl Roth, he co-produced Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning Wit, in New York, in London, and on national tour

Mr. Hughes is the Treasurer of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He is a graduate of Harvard College and is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama.


Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Dan Cody's Yacht New York City Center-Stage I 06/06/2018 Director
2 Incognito New York City Center-Stage I 05/24/2016 Director
3 The City of Conversation Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 05/05/2014 Director
4 Death Takes a Holiday Laura Pels Theatre (Current) 07/21/2011 Director
5 The Whipping Man New York City Center-Stage I 02/01/2011 Director
6 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter New York Theatre Workshop 12/03/2009 Director
7 Farragut North Linda Gross Theater 11/12/2008 Director
8 Howard Katz Laura Pels Theatre (Current) 03/01/2007 Director
9 The House in Town Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 06/19/2006 Director
10 Defiance New York City Center-Stage I 02/28/2006 Director
11 The Paris Letter Laura Pels Theatre (Current) 06/12/2005 Director
12 McReele Laura Pels Theatre (Current) 02/24/2005 Director
13 Doubt New York City Center-Stage I 11/23/2004 Director
14 Last Easter Lucille Lortel Theatre 10/07/2004 Director
15 Engaged Lucille Lortel Theatre 04/29/2004 Director
16 Frozen East 13th Street/CSC Theatre 03/18/2004 Director
17 The Beard of Avon New York Theatre Workshop 11/18/2003 Director
18 Flesh and Blood New York Theatre Workshop 07/16/2003 Director
19 Scattergood Samuel Beckett Theatre 02/26/2003 Director
20 Othello Joseph Papp Public Theater/Anspacher Theater 12/09/2001 Director
21 An Experiment with an Air Pump New York City Center-Stage I 10/31/1999 Director
22 Lake Hollywood Peter Norton Space 04/29/1999 Director
23 Anadarko MCC Theater 04/01/1998 Director
24 Mystery School Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts 03/11/1998 Director
25 A Question of Mercy New York Theatre Workshop 02/07/1997 Director
26 Henry V Delacorte Theater 06/18/1996 Director
27 The Grey Zone MCC Theater 01/05/1996 Director
28 The Nice and the Nasty Playwrights Horizons 06/05/1986 Director

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Wit Union Square Theatre 10/06/1998 Artistic Director
2 Mystery School Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts 03/11/1998 Artistic Director
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2012 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical Death Takes a Holiday Director
2 WON 2005 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director Doubt Director
3 WON 2005 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Play Doubt Director
4 WON 2005 Joe A. Callaway Award Doubt Director
5 NOMINATED 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director Frozen Director
6 NOMINATED 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Director of a Play Frozen Director
7 WON 2003 Joe A. Callaway Award Flesh and Blood Director
8 WON 1996 Obie Award, Direction The Grey Zone Director