Lileana Blain-Cruz Joins Lincoln Center Theater as Resident Director

Lileana Blain-Cruz. Photo by Lia Chang

Award-winning director Lileana Blain-Cruz has joined Lincoln Center Theater’s artistic staff as the full-time senior staff position of Resident Director.

In her new role, Ms. Blain-Cruz, whose LCT directing credits include Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ War and Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline (which was subsequently captured and broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center and is currently streaming on Broadway HD) will direct at least one production a year in either the Vivian Beaumont Theater (LCT’s Broadway, Tony Award-eligible house) or the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (LCT’s off-Broadway theater). Ms. Blain-Cruz will also work with fellow Resident Director Bartlett Sher and Producing Artistic Director André Bishop in developing and choosing LCT’s programming.

“We are very pleased that Lileana has agreed to make LCT her artistic home base. The productions she has directed for us over these past seasons have been visceral, powerful, stunning and always innovative,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director André Bishop. “We especially cannot wait until she brings that same incredible vision and scope to the Beaumont.”

Lileana Blain-Cruz began her association with Lincoln Center Theater as a member of the LCT Directors Lab. Winner of an Obie Award for her direction of LCT3’s production of Marys Seacole and a recipient of a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, her recent credits include Anatomy of a Suicide at The Atlantic Theater Company, Fefu and Her Friends at Theatre For a New Audience, Girls at Yale Repertory Theatre, Faust at Opera Omaha, and The House That Will Not Stand at New York Theatre Workshop. She won an Obie Award for her direction of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead at Signature Theatre. Other projects include Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo at New York Theatre Workshop, Alice Birch’s Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again at Soho Rep, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins War at Yale Rep (in addition to her production at LCT3), Henry IV Part 1 and Much Ado About Nothing at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Bluest Eye at The Guthrie, Actually at MTC, SALOME at JACK, and Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots which premiered in the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater. She was an Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, is currently a Usual Suspect and Artistic Instigator at New York Theatre Workshop, and a resident director at Yale Rep. She was awarded a 2018 United States Artist Fellowship and the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theater Women. She received her BA from Princeton and her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she received both the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize and the Pierre-Andre Salim Prize for her leadership and direction. Upcoming projects include Somi Kakoma’s Dreaming Zenzille at St. Louis Repertory Theater, Iphigenia with Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter, and The Listeners a new opera by Missy Mazzoli which will premiere at Opera Norway and Opera Philadelphia.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. The Lia Chang theater portfolio collection,1989-2011, is in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) collection located in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room and can be accessed here.

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