SAM MENDES (Director) founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse in London from 1992 to 2002; Donmar productions included Assassins, Translations, Cabaret, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Glass Menagerie, Company, Habeas Corpus, The Front Page, The Blue Room, To the Green Fields Beyond, Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, both of which transferred to The Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2004. He has also produced—in tandem with his associate Caro Newling—over 60 plays, many of which have transferred to New York, including Electra, True West, Juno and the Paycock and the Tony Award winning productions of The Real Thing and Take Me Out.
His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Troilus and Cressida, The Alchemist, The Tempest and Richard III. For the National Theatre, he directed The Sea, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Birthday Party and Othello. In the West End, he directed The
Cherry Orchard, The Plough and the Stars, Kean, London Assurance and Oliver. He also directed the Broadway productions of Cabaret, which received four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Gypsy and The Blue Room.
In 1999, Mendes made his film directorial debut on American Beauty, for which he received a Golden Globe Award and the DGA Award for Outstanding Director. The film garnered five Academy AwardsÂ®, including Best Picture, and Mendes received the award for Best Director. In 2002, Mendes brought to life Max Allan Collins' graphic novel Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. The film earned seven Academy AwardÂ® nominations.
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