Artist Bio

Tony Speciale

(Bio as of March 2018)

Tony Speciale returns to Goodman Theatre, where he directed the New Stages production of We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time. He is the artistic director of Abingdon Theatre Company, a non-profit off-Broadway theater company dedicated to developing and producing new American work. New York credits include Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company, Drama Desk Award and GLAAD Media Award nominations); The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Dixon Place/Westside Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci and Taylor Mac (Classic Stage Company); Handbook for an American Revolutionary (The Gym at Judson); The Boy Who Danced on Air and The Dork Knight (Abingdon). Regional credits include The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (national tour); Barry Manilow’s Harmony (Alliance Theatre/Ahmanson Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville).  Speciale has developed new work at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Sundance Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA and Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival. He served four seasons as associate artistic director of Classic Stage Company, studied musical theater at The Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University. He is also the recipient of a Princess Grace Theatre Honorarium and a Suzi Bass Award.

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