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    Doug Hughes’ most recent production was Rebecca Gilman’s adaptation of Carson McCuller’s THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER for New York Theater Workshop.  It was named one of 2009’s ten best  by Time Magazine.  His productions of THE ROYAL FAMILY and OLEANNA were seen on Broadway this season.  Other recent Broadway work includes A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS starring Frank Langella, MAURITIUS, A TOUCH OF THE POET starring Gabriel Byrne, INHERIT THE WIND starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy (Tony nomination Best Revival, Drama Desk nomination, Best Director), Bryony Lavery’s FROZEN (Tony nomination, Best Director), and John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT for which he won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel and Callway awards as Best Director.

    Recent Off-Broadway productions include Beau Willimon’s FARRAGUT NORTH for the Atlantic Theater Company, Richard Greenberg’s THE HOUSE IN TOWN for Lincoln Center, DEFIANCEby John Patrick Shanley for Manhattan Theatre Club, SCATTERGOOD and LAST EASTER for MCC Theater and HOWARD KATZ, THE PARIS LETTER and MCREELE for The Roundabout.  In 2005, Hughes won his second Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Direction. 

    Other New York productions include FLESH AND BLOOD at New York Theatre Workshop for which he won his first Joseph Callaway Award, Amy Freed’s THE BEARD OF AVON (also for NYTW), W.S. Gilbert’s ENGAGED for Theatre for A New Audience, OTHELLO with Keith David and Liev Schreiber for the New York Shakespeare Festival, AN EXPERIMENT WITH AN AIR PUMP for The Manhattan Theatre Club, SCATTERGOOD for MCC Theatre, David Rabe’s A QUESTION OF MERCY for New YorkTheatre Workshop, John Guare’s LAKE HOLLYWOOD for Signature Theatre, THE GREY ZONE for MCC (Obie Award for Direction, Drama Desk nomination), and the 1996 New York Shakespeare Festival Central Park Production of HENRY V starring Andre Braugher.

    He has directed over 50 productions at most of the country’s leading resident theaters. 

    From 1997-2001, Mr. Hughes served as Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, originating and then co-producing the Pulitzer Prize-winning WIT with MCC Theater and Daryl Roth in New York, on national tour and in London.   Other administrative posts in the American Theatre include Associate Artistic Director of the Manhattan Theatre Club (1980-1983), Associate Artistic Director of the Seattle Repertory Theatre (1984-1996), Director of Artistic Planning for the Guthrie Theatre (1996-1997), and Resident Director of MCC Theater (2001-2006).  Since 2007, Hughes has served as The Resident Director of The Roundabout Theatre.  Mr. Hughes was the Distinguished Artist in Residence at the New School for Drama (2007-2008) and served as adjunct professor in the directing program of The Yale School of Drama (2002-2004).  He is a graduate of Harvard College.