Julie Taymor

  • Birth Place: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer
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  • As a child, acted with the Boston Children's Theatre.
  • Graduated from high school at 16 and went to Paris to study mime and mask under Jacques LeCoq at L'Ecole de Mime.
  • Received a grant to study puppetry in Japan after college and ended up living in Indonesia for four years after forming her own theater company.
  • Was the first woman to receive a Tony Award for directing a musical, for The Lion King in 1997.
  • Directed The Magic Flute for the Metropolitan Opera's 2005-06 season.


  • 2002, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 1998, Tony — Costume Designer: Winner
  • 1997, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
  • 1998, Tony — Director (Musical): Winner
  • 1998, Tony — Original Musical Score: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1997, Tony — Scenic Designer: Nominee


  • Laurie — Sister
  • Elliot Goldenthal — Significant Other
  • Melvin Taymor — Father
  • Betty Taymor — Mother
  • Michael Taymor — Brother


  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, United States (BA in Mythology and Folklore, 1974)

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