The work of SAM MENDES, p.g.a. (Directed by/Written
by/Produced by) directing theater and film spans more than 25 years.
In 1998, he directed his first film, American Beauty, winning the Academy
Award for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as the Golden Globe Award and
Directors Guild Award. He has since directed the Academy Award-winning Road to
Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, the British Academy of Film
and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Academy Award-winning Skyfall and the latest
James Bond movie, Spectre.
In 2003, he founded Neal Street Productions with Pippa Harris and Caro
Newling. Neal Street has produced the BAFTA award-winning television series Call
the Midwife, The Hollow Crown and Penny Dreadful, as well as series Britannia,
Informer and Stuart: A Life Backwards; several movies including Things We Lost
in the Fire and Starter for 10; and in the theater, the long-running Shrek The
Musical and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which ran for four years at the
Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Mendes' theater career began in his early twenties. At 24 years old, he
became the first artistic director of the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. At 27,
he founded the Donmar Warehouse in London, which he ran for 10 years, and where
he directed many productions including Assassins, Translations, Cabaret,
Glengarry Glen Ross, Company, The Glass Menagerie, Habeas Corpus, The Blue Room,
To the Green Fields Beyond, Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night. It has become one of
the world's leading playhouses.
In 2009, he founded the Bridge Project, a transatlantic classical theater
company, for which he directed The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, The
Tempest, As You Like It and Richard III.
Mendes recently directed The Lehman Trilogy in London. The West End
production of the play was nominated for five Olivier Awards in 2019, including
Best New Play and Best Director, and will be coming to Broadway in March 2020.
He also directed The Ferryman in the West End in London, for which he won the
2018 Olivier Award for Best Director. The play also won the Olivier Awards for
Best New Play and Best Actress in a Play, as well as earned three London Evening
Standard Theatre Awards including Best Director and Best Play in 2017.
After coming to Broadway, Mendes won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a
Play for The Ferryman, which also won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2019. The
play is also the 2019 New York Drama Critics' Circle winner for Best Play,
winner of the Outer Critics Circle awards for Outstanding New Broadway Play and
Outstanding Director of a Play and winner of the Drama League award for
Outstanding Production of a Play.
Other theater credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company's Troilus and
Cressida, Richard III, The Tempest and The Alchemist; the National Theatre's The
Sea, The Birthday Party, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Othello and King
Lear; the West End's The Cherry Orchard, London Assurance, Kean, Oliver! Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory; and Broadway's Cabaret, The Blue Room, Gypsy and The
His many theater awards include: four Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, five
Evening Standard Awards, several Critics' Choice Awards and the Hamburg
Mendes was awarded a CBE in 2000, Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2005 and the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing in
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