SAM MENDES (Director),
one of today's most celebrated theatre directors, has mounted
award-winning productions on the stages of London, New York and
around the world. "American Beauty" marks his feature
film directorial debut.
Mendes' many triumphs include the acclaimed revival of the musical
"Cabaret," first in London and then on Broadway. The
latter production garnered four Tony Awards, including one for
Best Revival of a Musical, three Drama Desk Awards and three Outer
Critics Circle Awards. He also directed "The Blue Room"
on Broadway, starring Nicole Kidman. Mendes had previously directed
the award-winning London production of "The Rise and Fall
of Little Voice," introducing Jane Horrocks, who reprised
her role in the film version, "Little Voice."
Born in England, Mendes was educated at Cambridge University and
joined the Chichester Festival Theatre following his graduation
in 1987. Soon after, he directed Dame Judi Dench in "The
Cherry Orchard," for which he won a Critics Circle Award
for Best Newcomer. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
in 1990, where he directed such productions as "Troilus and
Cressida" with Ralph Fiennes, "Richard III," and
"The Tempest," for which he earned an Olivier Award
In 1992, Mendes became artistic director of the reopened Donmar
Warehouse in London. There, he has directed numerous award-winning
productions, including the aforementioned "Cabaret,"
"The Glass Menagerie" and "Company," for each
of which he won the Olivier Award for Best Director. His other
work at the Donmar includes "Assassins," which won a
Critic's Circle Award, "Translations," "Glengarry
Glen Ross," "Habeas Corpus" and "The Front
Page." His credits elsewhere have included "The Sea"
and "The Plough and the Stars," both with Judi Dench,
"The Birthday Party," and "Othello," which
toured the world and for which he received another Olivier Award
for Best Director.
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