Darko Tresnjak

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Darko Tresnjak

Darko Tresnjak born in 1966 in Zemun, Serbia and education at Swarthmore College, Columbia University. Spouse Josh Pearson.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” the modest musical comedy that was developed and premiered at Hartford Stage in 2012, received 10 Tony Award nominations, the most of any show on Broadway that season.

It received a nomination for the top award — outstanding new musical — as well as for its director, Hartford Stage artistic director Darko Tresnjak. It was his first Tony Award nomination. “Gentleman’s Guide” and won best musical and Director.

Tresnjak’s directing career began at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where over eight seasons he directed The Skin of Our Teeth, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Love of Three Oranges, Princess Turandot, The Blue Demon, The Winter’s Tale, Moving Picture, and Under Milk Wood. He has also directed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Vineyard Theatre Company, and Blue Light Theater Company. From 2002-2004 he was Director in Residence at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company where his productions included What the Butler Saw, Heartbreak House, and Amphitryon.

Tresnjak grew up in Yugoslavia, the United States and Poland. He was educated at Swarthmore College and Columbia University and became an American citizen shortly after graduation. Between college and graduate school, he studied at the Martha Graham School, performed with numerous Philadelphia dance and theatre companies, and toured across the United States and Japan with Mum Puppettheatre. He is the recipient of grants from Theatre Communications Group, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Alan Schneider Award for Directing Excellence.

In 2011, Darko Tresnjak became only the fifth artistic director to lead Hartford Stage. Since then the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Darko; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; and Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Darko Tresnjak was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego from 2004 to 2009. His directing credits at the Old Globe include Cyrano de Bergerac, Coriolanus, The Women, The Pleasure of His Company, All’s Well That Ends Well, Bell, Book and Candle, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, A Comedy of Errors, Antony and Cleopatra, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Pericles. He received four awards from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle: for outstanding direction of Cyrano de Bergerac, The Winter’s Tale, and Pericles and for Excellence in Artistic Direction.

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Productions Date of Productions
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Directed by Darko Tresnjak


[Musical, Original]
Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Nov 17, 2013 –Jan 17, 2016


Apr 24 2017 – Open


Off Broadway


Show(s) (listed chronologically,
most recent first)
Position(s) Role(s) Theater Name
Antony and Cleopatra Director Duke on 42nd Street
The Merchant of Venice Director Duke on 42nd Street
All’s Well That Ends Well Director Duke on 42nd Street
The Two Noble Kinsmen Director Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall
More Lies About Jerzy Director Vineyard Theatre



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