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Wolfe, George C.

(born: September 23, 1954) 

George C. Wolfe was born in Frankfort, KY. A director, writer, and producer, he has received numerous awards, including the Obie Award in 1990 and the Tony Award for best director in 1993 for the first part of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches; Wolfe was the first person of color to win the award for directing a "white" play. He also produced Paradise (his first professionally produced play) as well as The Colored Museum and Jelly's Last Jam, both of which are also books written by Wolfe. He has completed many other works. Beginning in 1993, he was the producer and artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Joseph Papp Public Theater. In 2004, Wolfe moved from theater to film and produced Lakawanna Blues, based on a play written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson that debuted off broadway in 2001; Wolfe directed the 2005 award-winning motion picture version. His work and education have taken him to many locations, and he has lived in California and New York. George C. Wolfe is the son of Costello and Anna M. Lindsey Swain Wolfe.

For more see The African American Almanac, 9th ed.; and Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television. A biographical guide featuring performers... in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the world, vol. 38. See photo images of George C. Wolfe on his facebook page. A more complete biography of George C. Wolfe is available at The History Makers.

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