Stephen Sachs

Sachs_headshot_6-7-12Stephen Sachs co-founded The Fountain Theatre in 1990.  He is an award-winning director and the author of ten produced plays, including the recent Fountain smash hits CYRANO (Ovation Award and LADCC nominations, Best Play) and BAKERSFIELD MIST, winner of the 2012 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play, published by Smith & Kraus in “Best Plays of 2012”, and now optioned by Sonia Friedman Productions for London and Broadway.

His other plays are MISS JULIE: FREEDOM SUMMER (LADCC and LA Weekly Award nominations), GILGAMESH (Theatre@Boston Court), OPEN WINDOW (Pasadena Playhouse, Media Access Award), CENTRAL AVENUE (PEN USA Literary Award Finalist), SWEET NOTHING IN MY EAR (PEN USA Literary Award Finalist, Media Access Award),MOTHER’S DAY, THE GOLDEN GATE (Best Play Award, Dramalogue), and THE BARON IN THE TREES. He wrote the teleplay for Sweet Nothing in My Ear for Hallmark Hall of Fame which aired on CBS starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels.

Stephen Sachs has directed plays around the world.  For LA Theatre Works, he directed COMPLETENESS by Itamar Moses, starring Jason Ritter; Warren Leight’s SIDE MAN starring Christine Lahti and Tony-winner Frank Wood; and a 3-city tour in China directing TOP SECRET.

At the Fountain: BAKERSFIELD MIST (World Premier), US Premiere of THE TRAIN DRIVER by Athol Fugard (Best Director, LA Weekly Award nomination), the LA Premiere of Conor McPherson’s SHINING CITY (“Best of 2009”, LA Times; Best Production, LA Weekly Award), the West Coast Premiere of Athol Fugard’s COMING HOME (Best Director, LA Weekly Award), the U.S. Premiere of Athol Fugard’s Victory (“Best of 2008” LA Times, NAACP Award for Best Director); the world premiere of MISS JULIE: FREEDOM SUMMER at the Fountain and the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto and the Vancouver Playhouse.

He also directed the world premiere of Fugard’s EXITS AND ENTRANCES at the Fountain (3 Ovation Awards including Best Director, 5 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including Best Director), Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in New York (NY Outer Critics Circle nomination Best New Play), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the LA premiere of Fugard’s THE ROAD TO MECCA, Arthur Miller’s AFTER THE FALL (4 Ovation Awards including Best Director), SWEET NOTHING IN MY EAR (Fountain Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis), the LA premiere of Steven Dietz’s LONELY PLANET, THE SEAGULL, THE BOYS IN THE BAND, EURIPIDES’ HIPPOLYTOS at the Getty Villa in Malibu, and many others.

Sachs was nominated for the SDC 2012 Zelda Fichandler Award, recognizing an outstanding director who is making a unique and exceptional contribution to theatre in their region.

Stephen’s new play, HEART SONG, premiered at the Fountain and at Florida Repertory Theatre in February, 2014.

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Stephen Sachs will be honored on October 3rd during a special event commemorating the Fountain Theatre’s 25th anniversary.  Read the full article here.