Bartlett Sher made his opera-directing debut with Mourning Becomes Electra at Seattle Opera; he has since directed operas at New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Artistic Director of Intiman Theatre, Sher has directed numerous plays there, including the world premiere of Nickel and Dimed. Cymbeline, his Intiman directing debut, went on to be produced by Theatre for a New Audience (T.F.A.N.A) at the Royal Shakespeare Company (the first American Shakespeare production ever invited to be performed at the R.S.C.), had an extended run in New York, and won him the 2002 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Sher has directed plays for theaters across the U.S., including the Guthrie Theater, where he was company director, Hartford Stage Company, where he was associate artistic director, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, where he was an associate artist. Sher came to Seattle from New York, where his many credits include the U.S premiere of Waste for T.F.A.N.A., which won the 2000 OBIE Award for Best Play. In 2005, Sher received his first Tony nomination for The Light in the Piazza and, in 2008, he received the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing.