Jerry Zaks Poster

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The child of Holocaust/concentration-camp survivors, Lily (Gliksman) and Sy Zaks, a butcher, his family moved to the U.S. in 1948. Jerry is now one of the most successful, respected comedy directors in Broadway history.

Awarded a Tony in 1986 for his direction in "The House of Blue Leaves."

Has won Broadway's Tony Award four times: in 1986, as Best Director (Play) for "The House of Blue Leaves;" in 1989, as Best Director (Play) for "Lend Me a Tenor;" in 1991, as Best Director (Play), for "Six Degrees of Separation;" and in 1992, as Best Director (Musical), for a revival of "Guys and Dolls." He was also Tony-nominated three other times: in 1988, as Best Director (Musical), for a revival of "Anything Goes;" in 1995, as Best Director (Musical) for "Smokey Joe's Cafe;" and in 1996, as Best Director (Musical), for a revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Diane Keaton in Marvin's Room (1996).

He was nominated for 1995 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Director of a Musical.of "Smokey Joe's Café" on Broadway in New York City.

Lynne Thigpen, Trey Wilson, Mary Catherine Wilson, and he were awarded the 1981 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Peformances for "Tintypes" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.