Daniel Sullivan

Director, Playwright, Artistic director
Stage director Daniel Sullivan began his professional career as an actor at San Francisco's Actor's Workshop, worked as both an actor and director with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company in the 60s and 70s and served ... Read more »
Born: 06/09/1940 in Wray, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Director (2)

Far East 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

The Substance of Fire 1996 (Movie)

lyrics("Special Friend" "If You Wanna' Know How Call the Cow") (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

Stage director Daniel Sullivan began his professional career as an actor at San Francisco's Actor's Workshop, worked as both an actor and director with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company in the 60s and 70s and served as assistant director of the original Broadway production of "Hair". After two years as Resident Director of the Seattle Repertory Company, he assumed the reins as its Artistic Director in 1981, serving until 1997. Sullivan has forged working relationships with several prominent contemporary American playwrights, notably Herb Gardner (the Tony-winning "I'm Not Rappaport" and "Conversation With My Father"), Wendy Wasserstein (the Pulitzer-winning "The Heidi Chronicles", "The Sisters Rosensweig" and "An American Daughter") and Jon Robin Baitz ("The Substance of Fire" and "A Fair Country"), many of them originating at Seattle Rep. Sullivan made his feature directorial debut with the screen adaptation of Baitz's "The Substance of Fire" (1996), which successfully opened up the action of the play. In 2000, he enjoyed another stage hit with "Proof", a comedy-drama about a young female mathematician that offered a tour de force for actress Mary-Louise Parker. For his work, Sullivan finally earned a well-deserved Tony Award.

Relationships

John Martin Sullivan

Father

Mary Catherine Sullivan

Mother

Mimi Lieber Actor

Wife

Martha Plimpton Actor

Step-Daughter

Shelley Plimpton

Wife
Divorced Mother of actor Martha Plimpton

Megan Sullivan

Daughter
Mother was Sullivan's first wife

Rachel Sullivan

Daughter
Mother was Sullivan's second wife

John Sullivan

Son
Mother was Sullivan's second wife

EDUCATION

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California

Milestones

2011

Re-teamed with David Lindsay-Abaire for "Good People"

2010

Directed the acclaimed Public Theater production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," starring Al Pacino

2007

Directed the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's "The homecoming"

2006

Directed David Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole" on Broadway

2005

Directed Elaine May's "After the Night and the Music" on Broadway

2003

Directed the Broadway production of "The Retreat from Moscow"

2000

Staged the revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten"

2000

Earned critical praise for his direction of David Auburn's "Proof"

1999

Directed the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, "Dinner With Friends"

1998

Directed the Lincoln Center production of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"

1997

Directed Seattle and Broadway productions of Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter"

1996

Re-teamed with Jon Robin Baitz for the Lincoln Center production of "A Fair Country"

1996

Directed the film adaptation of Baitz's play, "The Substance of Fire"

1992

Directed Jon Robin Baitz's "The Substance of Fire" at the Lincoln Center Theater

1992

Re-teamed with Wendy Wasserstein for "The Sisters Rosensweig"

1991

Wrote and directed "Inspecting Carol" for the Seattle Repertory Theatre

1991

Re-teamed with Herb Gardner to stage "Conversations with My Father" for the Seattle Repertory Theatre; also directed the L.A. production in 1993

1989

Directed Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles" on Broadway

1988

Wrote and directed "Truffles in the Soup" for the Seattle Repertory Theatre

1984

Directed Herb Gardner's play "I'm Not Rappaport" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre; later directed the play when it moved to Broadway in 1985

1981

Served as the artistic director for the Seattle Repertory Theatre

1979

Became the resident director for the Seattle Repertory Theatre

1973

Directed a revival of Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars"

1970

Directed the American debut of Durrenmatt's "Play Strindberg"

1970

Made his directorial debut at the Lincoln Center Theater with A.R. Gurney's "Scenes from American Life"

1968

Was an assistant director for "Hair" on Broadway

1963

Began career as an actor with the Actor's Workshop in San Francisco, CA

Worked as both an actor and a director at Lincoln Center Repertory Company in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Sullivan adapted Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Mandrake" and the George and Ira Gershwin musical "Girl Crazy" for the Seattle Repertory Theatre during the mid-1980s.

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