Terry Johnson is a multi-award winning playwright and director, as well as a Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre in London. He has been honored with nine major British Theatre awards, including two Olivier Awards and two Evening Standard Theatre Awards. On Broadway he won the 2010 Tony ® Award for Best Direction of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles.
Over the past few years, he has had 12 productions running in London’s West End: La Cage aux Folles, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Rain Man, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Graduate (which was also performed on Broadway starring Kathleen Turner), Dead Funny, Hysteria, Elton John’s Glasses and The Memory of Water.
He has also worked with Chicago’s highly acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre, directing John Malkovich in The Libertine. That production was nominated for Chicago Theaters’ highest honor, five Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Production. He also directed the play Lost Land at Steppenwolf.
At the world-famous Royal Court Theatre he has directed Dumb Showand his own play, Piano/Forte. In England, he has also directed play at such theatres as the Royal National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Bristol Old Vic, York Theatre Royal, Apollo, Savoy, etc.
He recently directed Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue starring Jeff Goldblum in an Old Vic production in London’s West End.
He has also written and directed for international television, most recently “The Man Who Lost His Head” for ITV and “Non Only But Always” for Channel Four, which won five International Award nominations, Best Film at Banff, and a BAFTA for Rhys Ifans. He also wrote and directed “Cor Blimey!” for ITV.
The film version of his play “Insignificance” (directed by Nicolas Roeg) was the official British Entry at Cannes Film Festival in 1985.