A list of the accomplishments of 20 of theatre’s most influential directors. From modern theatre’s first genuine director Georg II, to Stanislavski at the Moscow Art Theatre, Brecht at the Berliner Ensemble, Elia Kazan on Broadway, the experimental avant-garde of Ariane Mnouchkine, to the universally acclaimed productions of Peter Brook, plus many others.
The world’s best theatre directors vary in their approach and use of style. Stanislavski, Antoine and Craig dabbled in realism and naturalism, Brecht and Piscator forged a path with a new epic theatre form, while Brook’s influences were international. Some of these directors worked mainly for subsidised theatre, others were kings of commercial theatre on Broadway, while several were renowned for their experimental work in ensemble theatre. – Justin Cash