DIANE PAULUS Director of Theater and Opera




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Boston Magazine
The Power of Ideas
May 2014

We shine a light on Boston’s new power class: the visionaries, idealists, and thinkers among us whose insights are transforming the way we live, work, learn, and play.

Icons & Visionaries


Diane Paulus

American Repertory Theater

Fresh off her 2013 Tony win with Pippin for best director of a musical, Paulus has once again asserted herself as a theatrical force. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. has become a springboard to Broadway (three shows now playing on the Great White Way were first staged in Cambridge), and her sensational new productions, like this year’s Witness Uganda, have brought audiences back to the theater at a time when just getting people to show up is half the battle. Paulus’s unique pedigree as both a Broadway vet and Harvard academic has helped her stage musicals with mass appeal, a point of contention among her avant-garde critics. Yet her vision is clear: The show must go on, and be spectacular in the process.