James Lapine

Composer Playwright Lyricist

On Broadway James Lapine has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion and the multi-media revue Sondheim on Sondheim. He also directed Merrily We Roll Along as part of Encores! at New York City Center. With William Finn he has collaborated on March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later presented on Broadway as Falsettos and recently revived in 2016; A New Brain, Muscle, and Little Miss Sunshine. He has also directed on Broadway David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Michel Legrand’s Amour; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the 2012 revival of Annie. Among his many off-Broadway offerings were three Shakespeare productions for the Public Theatre.


Council Member,  Dramatists Guild of America

James Lapine has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards winning on three occasions and has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and in 2015 was the recipient of the Mr. Abbott Award presented by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers for a lifetime of exceptional achievement in the theatre. Lapine is a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and for the last sixteen years has been a mentor for TDF's Open Doors Program. He currently divides his time between New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.