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Michael Mayer is a Director, Writer and Executive Producer American born on 27 june 1960 at Bethesda (USA)

Michael Mayer

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Nationality USA
Birth 27 june 1960 (60 years) at Bethesda (USA)

Michael Mayer (born June 27, 1960) is an American stage and film director. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2007 for directing Spring Awakening.

Biography

Mayer was born in Bethesda, Maryland to Jerry and Louise Mayer. For his bar mitvah in 1973 he asked his parents for a movie camera and received a Super 8 single lens with a zoom. His first film was a dramatization of "The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia." After graduating from Charles W. Woodward High School, he studied acting at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned an MFA in Theater in 1983.
He began performing onstage in New York City but by 1990 had turned his efforts to directing, working as a freelancer while also teaching at NYU, the Lincoln Center Theater Institute, and the Juilliard School.




Broadway
In 2007, Mayer won his first Tony Award for his direction of the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening (2006), which also took the award for Best Musical. He was nominated for the 2002 Tony for his direction of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which he then directed on London's West End. Mayer also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for both Spring Awakening and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Other Broadway credits include The Lion in Winter (1999), the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Side Man (1998; Drama Desk Award), the 1998 Tony Award-winning revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge starring Anthony LaPaglia and Brittany Murphy, for which he was nominated for a Tony and won the Drama Desk Award, and Triumph of Love, the musical starring Betty Buckley, Susan Egan and F. Murray Abraham, with music by Jeffrey Stock and lyrics by Susan Bikenhead. He worked on American Idiot the musical, based on Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot and the 2011 revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry Connick, Jr.. He is currently directing the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opened in 2014.


Off-Broadway
Mayer's off-Broadway directing credits include The Credeaux Canvas, John C. Russell's Stupid Kids, Peter Hedges' Baby Anger, Theresa Rebeck's View of the Dome, and the New York premiere of Janusz Glowacki's Antigone in New York.


Film and television
After directing on- and off-Broadway for more than 15 years, Mayer made his feature film directorial debut with A Home at the End of the World, starring Colin Farrell and Robin Wright Penn, in 2004. He went on to make the family film Flicka (2006), an adaptation of the story My Friend Flicka, which became a hit in DVD market. In 2013 and 2014 he directed selected episodes of Amazon's "Alpha House" starring John Goodman. In 2015, he directed a new film adaptation of The Seagull, starring Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Mare Winningham, Saoirse Ronan, Brian Dennehy, etc.

He directed the pilot of NBC's TV series Smash.

He should not be confused with the identically spelled Michael Mayer, who directed a sleeper titled Graduation (2007), which is available through Netflix's instant programming. (IMDb correctly has this film's direction attributed to a different Michael Mayer.)


Opera
He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012 with Rigoletto. He reset the scene from 16th-century Mantua to 1960s Las Vegas.

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Shannon Lucio
Shannon Lucio
(1 films)
Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(2 films)
Chris Lowell
Chris Lowell
(1 films)
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Filmography of Michael Mayer (5 films)

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Director

The Seagull
Directed by Michael Mayer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Mare Winningham
Rating57% 2.850712.850712.850712.850712.85071
La naïve Nina, l'actrice Irina Arkadina dont les jours de gloire sont anciens, le jeune dramaturge expérimental Konstantín Tréplev et le célèbre écrivain Boris Trigorine affrontent une série de conflits, à la fois romantiques et artistiques.
Graduation
Graduation (2007)
, 1h29
Directed by Michael Mayer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about education
Actors Chris Lowell, Shannon Lucio, Riley Smith, Adam Arkin, Aimee Garcia, Huey Lewis
Rating64% 3.244063.244063.244063.244063.24406
A group of high school friends from suburban Pittsburgh—Carl (Chris Marquette), Polly (Shannon Lucio), Chauncey (Riley Smith) and Jackson (Chris Lowell)—are about to graduate. Polly and Chauncey are dating, Carl needs a date to prom and Jackson doesn't seem to know what to do with his life. When Carl's mom becomes ill and needs $100,000 for surgery, Polly comes up with a plan: rob her dad's bank. The plan seems foolproof, and graduation is the perfect alibi; all the kids need to do is steal the keys to the bank's vault. However, things get complicated when Carl falls in love with a bank teller named Suzi and Polly falls in love with Jackson. Through it all—including an unforeseen hostage crisis—the friends learn a lot about themselves.
Flicka
Flicka (2006)
, 1h35
Directed by Michael Mayer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Films about horses, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer, Maria Bello, Ryan Kwanten, Danny Pino
Rating61% 3.058333.058333.058333.058333.05833
Katherine "Katy" McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) has big dreams of administering her father's Wyoming horse ranch one day, but her father, Rob (Tim McGraw), has other plans. He is currently grooming her older brother, Howard (Ryan Kwanten), to take over the ranch and sends Katy away to an exclusive private school where she constantly feels like a misfit. Being a similar, independent spirit to Katy, Rob is having trouble understanding his daughter as she continually defies his authority to follow her own path. When she comes home for the summer, Katy is met with her father's disapproval because she did not finish a writing assignment at school, but is happily greeted by her mother, Nell (Maria Bello), and Howard. As much as Katy wants to run the ranch, Howard does not, and instead longs to attend college. One day while out riding, Katy finds a wild mustang, and feels an instant connection with the horse. She sets off to tame the mare, which she names "Flicka", despite her father's protests that he does not want a mustang near his horses.
A Home at the End of the World, 1h37
Directed by Michael Mayer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, Teen LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Sida et LGBT, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Colin Farrell, Robin Wright, Ryan Donowho, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek, Asia Vieira
Rating66% 3.3492953.3492953.3492953.3492953.349295
Enfant, Bobby Morrow perd successivement son frère en 1967, sa mère en 1973 et son père en 1974. Il est recueilli par la famille de son camarade de classe Jonathan Glover. Bobby et Jonathan entretiennent des relations intimes, puis Jonathan part à l'université de New York tandis que Bobby reste chez les parents de Jonathan dans la banlieue de Cleveland et il devient boulanger. Lorsque les parents de Jonathan partent pour Phoenix en 1982, Bobby rejoint Jonathan qui vit dans l'East Village avec Claire. Claire aime Jonathan et veut un enfant, Jonathan est homosexuel et passe son temps dehors. Finalement Claire tombe amoureuse de Bobby qui est autant attiré par Jonathan que par Claire. À la mort de Ned, le père de Jonathan, le trio se retrouve pour l'enterrement à Phoenix et Claire annonce qu'elle est enceinte. Sur le chemin du retour, elle achète une maison perdue dans la nature à Woodstock où ils s'installent tous les trois. Tandis que Claire élève sa fille Rebecca, Bobby et Jonathan ouvrent un café. Jonathan est atteint de la maladie de Kaposi, Claire vit mal l'intimité de Bobby et Jonathan. Finalement elle quitte la maison au bout du monde avec sa fille pour visiter sa mère à Philadelphie. Bobby et Jonathan comprennent qu'elle ne reviendra pas.

Scriptwriter

Graduation
Graduation (2007)
, 1h29
Directed by Michael Mayer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about education
Actors Chris Lowell, Shannon Lucio, Riley Smith, Adam Arkin, Aimee Garcia, Huey Lewis
Roles Writer
Rating64% 3.244063.244063.244063.244063.24406
A group of high school friends from suburban Pittsburgh—Carl (Chris Marquette), Polly (Shannon Lucio), Chauncey (Riley Smith) and Jackson (Chris Lowell)—are about to graduate. Polly and Chauncey are dating, Carl needs a date to prom and Jackson doesn't seem to know what to do with his life. When Carl's mom becomes ill and needs $100,000 for surgery, Polly comes up with a plan: rob her dad's bank. The plan seems foolproof, and graduation is the perfect alibi; all the kids need to do is steal the keys to the bank's vault. However, things get complicated when Carl falls in love with a bank teller named Suzi and Polly falls in love with Jackson. Through it all—including an unforeseen hostage crisis—the friends learn a lot about themselves.

Producer

27 Dresses
27 Dresses (2008)
, 1h48
Directed by Anne Fletcher
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Children's films, Films about marriage
Actors Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Edward Burns, Judy Greer, Maulik Pancholy
Roles Executive Producer
Rating61% 3.052363.052363.052363.052363.05236
Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid for twenty-seven weddings. One night when she is attending two weddings almost simultaneously, she meets Kevin Doyle (James Marsden), who helps her home but disgusts her with his cynical views of marriage. He finds her day planner which she'd forgotten in the cab they shared. Meanwhile, Jane's sister Tess (Malin Åkerman) falls in love with Jane's boss George (Edward Burns) at first sight. Tess pretends to like the same things that George does so that she can get him to like her. Despite loving George herself, Jane does not reveal the truth and her sister's courtship progresses rapidly. Soon the new couple announces that they intend to marry in only three weeks and Jane becomes the wedding planner.