It was announced today that Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy (ECLIPSED) has joined the directing team of Oprah Winfrey and Ava Duvernay‘s groundbreaking OWN TV series Queen Sugar. Liesl will direct Episode 13 of the current second season of the show, which was just picked up for a third season.
Tommy is an award-winning director. Queen Sugar marks the beginning of her upcoming film and television directing projects. Her recent Broadway production of Danai Gurira‘s play ECLIPSED starring Lupita Nyong’o garnered 6 Tony nominations including Best Play. She made history as the first woman of color ever to be nominated for a Tony for Best Director of a Play.
Liesl also recently developed and directed FROZEN LIVE, the multi-media theatrical extravaganza adaptation of the Disney film for the 2000 seat Hyperion Theater in Disneyland. She has built her career defying expectations by directing numerous award-winning productions of Shakespeare, musicals and original material. She was born and raised in Cape Town, South AFRICA and now makes her home in Harlem, NYC.