Lynne Meadow has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) since 1972, where she has been responsible for directing and/or producing over 450 New York and world premieres. Lynne has brought MTC to the forefront of American stage and created one of the nation’s most acclaimed not-for-profit theatres.
Plays developed at MTC under her leadership include Love! Valour! Compassion! (with Nathan Lane), Putting It Together (with Julie Andrews), Sylvia (with Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner), Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crimes of the Heart, Pretty Fire, Fuddy Meers, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Proof (with Mary Louise-Parker) and Doubt. Other New York and world premieres include The Miss Firecracker Contest (with Holly Hunter), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (with Kathy Bates), Playland (with Kevin Spacey), Other Places (with Dianne Wiest), Rabbit Hole (with Cynthia Nixon), Blackbird (with Jeff Daniels) and plays by Arthur Miller, Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Lee Blessing, Sybille Pearson, and Israel Horowitz.
Lynne’s directing credits include Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola, Richard Greenberg’s The Assembled Parties, Margaret Edson’s Wit, Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories, the 2001 Tony Award-nominated production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife on Broadway (starring Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, and Tony Roberts) at MTC and the U.S. national tour (with Valerie Harper), the Broadway production of A Small Family Business (with Brian Murray); Donald Margulies’ The Loman Family Picnic, and the Obie Award-winning Ashes by David Rudkin, as well as productions for The New York Shakespeare Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the O’Neill Theatre Center. She has twice been nominated for best director at the Drama Desk Awards: in 1996 for Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians and in 1988 for Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind with Stockard Channing.
Among Lynne’s other directing credits during her tenure at MTC are Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady, David Greig’s The American Pilot, Neil Simon’s Rose’s Dilemma (with Mary Tyler Moore), Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias, Three Sisters (with Dianne Weist, Sam Waterston, Christine Ebersole and Jeff Daniels), Golden Boy, Marsha Norman’s Last Dance, David Edgar’s The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Principia Scriptoriae, The Wager, Absent Friends with Gillian Anderson and Brenda Blethyn, The Pokey, Eleemosynary, Vikings, Bits and Pieces, Blur (with Polly Draper), Biography (with Piper Laurie), Park Your Car in Harvard Yard (with Ellen Burstyn and Burgess Meredith), Captain’s Courageous (with Treat Williams), Artichoke (with Amanda Plummer), Catsplay (which transferred to the Promenade Theatre), Chez Nous, Simon Gray’s Close of Play and Sally and Marsha (with Christine Baranski and Bernadette Peters).
Lynne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She attended the Yale School of Drama and was named to a Herbert Brudkin Fellow. She has taught at Circle in the Square Theatre School, Stony Brook University, Yale University, Fordham University and New York University.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Manhattan Award from Manhattan Magazine, the Person of the Year from National Theatre Conference, the Margo Jones Award, the 2003 Mr. Abbott Award, the 2011 Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2011 Lily Award for Lifetime Achievement, The Louis Auchincloss Prize, and is a 2013 Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee.