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Name  Alex Timbers
TV shows  Mozart in the Jungle
Education  Yale University
Role  Writer

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Awards  Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical
Plays  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant
Similar People  Michael Friedman, Roger Rees, Rick Elice, Lynn Ahrens, Thomas Meehan

Organizations founded  Les Freres Corbusier

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Alex Timbers (born August 7, 1978) is an American two-time Tony-nominated writer and director and the recipient of Golden Globe, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and London Evening Standard Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lucile Lortel Awards.


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His Broadway directing credits include Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher for which he was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson which he also wrote the dialogue for and was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award, and The Pee-Wee Herman Show which was filmed for HBO and was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award. Timbers is Artistic Director of the New York-based company Les Freres Corbusier.

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Timbers is a co-creator of the Amazon series "Mozart in the Jungle" which won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.

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Timbers grew up in New York City. He graduated from Yale University, where he served as president of the Yale Dramat.


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In 2014, Timbers directed Rocky on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, for which he was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director.

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In 2013 and again in 2014, Timbers directed Here Lies Love at the Public Theater in New York City, an immersive club musical about Imelda Marcos featuring the music of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Director. The show was extended at the Public Theater three times, becoming the second-longest running show in the theater's history, and made numerous year-end Best Of lists including The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Time, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Out, New York Magazine, and Vogue. He was also nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Director.

In 2014, Timbers directed Here Lies Love at the National Theatre in London. Timbers, Byrne, and Fatboy Slim won the London Evening Standard "Beyond Theatre" Award "for pushing the boundaries of musicals."

In March 2012, Timbers and Roger Rees co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway. It was subsequently nominated for nine Tony Awards and won five. In March 2011, Timbers co-directed Peter and the Starcatcher for Disney Theatricals at New York Theatre Workshop. The show opened to a rave review from Ben Brantley in The New York Times, and Timbers won the 2011 Obie Award for Direction. The production was the fastest-selling show in New York Theatre Workshop's history and extended three times.

For Gutenberg! The Musical!, Timbers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical. For Hell House, Timbers was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Theatrical Experience. His production of Dixie's Tupperware Party was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Timbers conceived and directed A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, for which he and writer Kyle Jarrow won an Obie Award. Timbers also won two Garland Awards for the subsequent Los Angeles production, and his 2006 revival was heralded by The New York Times as the "Best Revival of the Year."

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, co-written with Michael Friedman, opened with Timbers directing at the Public Theater to rave reviews. It returned to the Public the following year, extended three times, and became the second highest-grossing show in the downtown institution's history. It transferred to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway on September 20, 2010. The show won a Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Award for Best Musical. Timbers won a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for his book, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award for his direction.

In August 2013, Timbers and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson composer Michael Friedman reunited for a musical version of the play Love's Labour's Lost that appeared as part of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theatre.

His other credits include The Language of Trees for the Roundabout Theatre Company, Beyond Therapy for Williamstown Theatre Festival and Bay Street Theater, the Off-Broadway hit Boozy, for which he also served as playwright, and underground at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and internationally with David Dorfman Dance.

Les Freres productions include Dance Dance Revolution, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hell House, Heddatron, and Hoover Comes Alive!. In Fall 2005, Timbers served as an assistant director on the Broadway premiere of Jersey Boys. He is a co-creator with Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Paul Weitz of the Amazon Studios series Mozart in the Jungle. He has served as Co-Executive Producer on all episodes.

In December of 2016, it was announced that he had signed on as director of Cruella a film that will focus on the villainess from Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The film was announced after the success of the studio's Maleficent, along with a list of other live-action adaptations of classic Disney films. Emma Stone is cast to portray Cruella de Vil.


  • Cruella - Director
  • Untitled William Shakespeare musical, aka Hotfuss - Director
  • References

    Alex Timbers Wikipedia