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Sardelli, Giovanna

Giovanna Sardelli

Director of New Works, TheatreWorks

Besides Sardelli’s well-received productions with TheatreWorks, she has directed and developed plays around the country, including ten off-Broadway productions in ten years. Her directing credits include Rajiv Joseph‘s first professional production, Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane), as well as the World Premieres for his All This Intimacy (Second Stage), and The Leopard and the Fox (Alterego Productions), The North Pool (TheatreWorks), and Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage), for which she was awarded the Joe A. Callaway Award for Best Direction and the recent production of the Obie Award winning play Describe The Night at Atlantic Theatre. She directed a highly-acclaimed production of Joe Gifford‘s Finks at off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre. Sardelli directed the World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck‘s Dead Accounts (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Her West Coast Premiere of Mathew Lopez’ The Whipping Man for The Globe Theatre won her an NAACP nomination for Best Director and her production of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj for the Geffen Theatre won the 2016 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play. Sardelli holds an MFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and taught in NYU’s Graduate Acting Program as well as its Dance Department. Before being invited to train at NYU’s prestigious Director’s Lab program, Sardelli worked as a professional actress for a decade in television and theater, solidifying her well-rounded knowledge of the industry.