Portrait Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor

Director, Producer & Co-Writer


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Julie Taymor has worked with a long range of films. Her credits include Fool’s Fire, Oedipus Rex starring Jessye Norman which received an Emmy Award as well as the International Classical Music Award, Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida starring Salma Hayek which garnered six Academy Award nominations and won two; Across the Universe which received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, and many more.

Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997 and became an instant sensation that received 11 Tony Award nominations. The show has played over 100 cities in 19 countries, and its worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history. Other theater credits include the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, which earned five Tony Award nominations including one for her direction. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, Die Zauberflote and more.

Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, as well as a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater, the recipient of the 2015 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and a 2017 Disney Legends Award honoree.