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Frank Galati


Frank Galati has been a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble since 1985. Frank won two Tony Awards for his adaptation and direction of Steppenwolf's production of The Grapes of Wrath on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1998 for directing the musical Ragtime. Although he is known primarily as a director of epic plays and musicals (Steppenwolf's Homebody/Kabul, Broadway's Ragtime) he is an equally adept actor (Steppenwolf's The Drawer Boy, The Tempest) and adaptor (Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay for The Accidental Tourist.) he directed his adaptation of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore at Steppenwolf in 2008. His productions at the Goodman Theatre, where he was an associate director from 1986-2008, include She Always Said Pablo, The Winter’s Tale, The Good Person of Setzuan and Cry the Beloved Country.and Mr. Galati is a professor emeritus in the department of performance studies at Northwestern University. He now is an artistic associate at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida where his adaptation of James Agee's novel A Death in the Family is set to open in April. His adaption of Kafka on the Shore, which premiered at Steppenwolf will open in Zagreb, Croatia on May 22, 2020.  Frank is also currently working on a new musical called Knoxville with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

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Credits & Awards


Screenwriter: The Accidental Tourist.


Broadway: Director: The Pirate Queen; Ragtime; The Glass Menagerie; The Grapes of Wrath Lyric Opera of Chicago: A View from the Bridge; Pelleas and Mellisande; La Traviata; Tosca; The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe; Goodman Theatre: Associate Director since 1986; The Visit; The Government Inspector; She Always Said, Pablo; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Passion Play; The Winter's Tale; Cry, The Beloved Country; The Good Person of Setzuan; Melanctha; Chicago Opera Theatre: The Mother of Us All; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Summer and Smoke; Albert Herring; The Good Soldier Schweik; Four Saints in Three Acts. The Metropolitan Opera: A View from the Bridge Northwestern University: A Long Gay Book


Tony Award (The Grapes of Wrath); Tony Award nominations (The Grapes of Wrath and Ragtime); Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award (The Grapes of Wrath); Joe Callaway Directing Awards (The Grapes of Wrath and Ragtime); Los Angeles Ovation Award; NAACP Theatre Award and Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore Award (Ragtime); Nine Joseph Jefferson Awards; Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay (The Accidental Tourist).

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Frank Galati

Frank  Galati