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Director Insight: Thomas Kail

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|by Jenny Bustance |


Director Insight: Thomas Kail - New York

Hamilton, the latest show from Thomas Kail, is a sure fire winner for anyone in the audience.

Skyrocketed to fame for his work on the Broadway smash hit In the Heights, Thomas Kail has teamed up again with playwright/composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda on his new project: Hamilton. Hamilton is a wildly exciting new musical about the nation’s most unlikely founding father and his journey from a bastard orphan to George Washington’s right-hand man.

Kail was born in Alexandria, VA, and attended Wesleyan University for college where he first met Lin-Manuel Miranda, with whom he co-created a freestyle hip-hop dance group called “Freestyle Love Supreme.” Upon graduation, Kail started his theatrical career in stage management at the American Stage Company in New Jersey.

Kail got his break as a director when he directed plays by Julia Jordan and Beau Willimon, both of which went on to be performed at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. But it was In The Heights that garnered him his first Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical.

When Kail worked on Broke-ology, he received an AUDELCO Award Nomination for Best Director of a Dramatic Production, and he also staged the world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Kail co-wrote the closing rap for the 65th Annual Tony Awards with Lin-Manuel Miranda, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Next up for Kail: Co-directing Fox Network’s “Grease: Live!” event alongside Alex Rudzinski.

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