Tony Award for Best Director

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Tony Award for
Best Director
Awarded forBest Director
LocationNew York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held byElia Kazan for J.B. (1959)

The Tony Award for Best Director was one of the original 11 awards given in 1947 when the Tony Awards originated. The award was presented until 1960 when it was split into two categories: Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner


Year Director Production
1st Tony Awards
Elia Kazan All My Sons
2nd Tony Awards
Joshua Logan Mister Roberts
3rd Tony Awards
Elia Kazan Death of a Salesman


Year Director Production
4th Tony Awards
Joshua Logan South Pacific
5th Tony Awards
George S. Kaufman Guys and Dolls
6th Tony Awards
José Ferrer The Shrike, The Fourposter and Stalag 17
7th Tony Awards
Joshua Logan Picnic
8th Tony Awards
Alfred Lunt Ondine
9th Tony Awards
Robert Montgomery The Desperate Hours
10th Tony Awards
Tyrone Guthrie The Matchmaker
Joseph Anthony The Lark
Harold Clurman Bus Stop, Pipe Dream and Tiger at the Gates
Tyrone Guthrie The Matchmaker, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Tamburlaine the Great
Garson Kanin The Diary of Anne Frank
Elia Kazan Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Albert Marre The Chalk Garden
Herman Shumlin Inherit the Wind
11th Tony Awards
Moss Hart My Fair Lady
Joseph Anthony A Clearing in the Woods and The Most Happy Fella
Harold Clurman The Waltz of the Toreadors
Peter Glenville Separate Lives
José Quintero Long Day's Journey into Night
12th Tony Awards
Vincent J. Donehue Sunrise at Campobello
Morton DaCosta The Music Man
Peter Hall The Rope Dancers
George Roy Hill Look Homeward, Angel
Elia Kazan The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Arthur Penn Two for the Seesaw
13th Tony Awards
Elia Kazan J.B.
Peter Brook The Visit
Robert Dhéry La Plume de Ma Tante
William Gaskill Epitaph for George Dillon
Peter Glenville Rashomon
Cyril Ritchard The Pleasure of His Company
Dore Schary A Majority of One

Award records[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

3 Wins

Multiple nominations[edit]

5 Nominations
3 Nominations
2 Nominations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Tony Awards - - Category by Category", accessed June 13, 2016

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