20 Facts About Austin Pendleton


Austin Pendleton received a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway revival of The Little Foxes in 1981.


Austin Pendleton has received two Drama Desk Award nominations and the recipient of a Special Drama Desk Award in 2007.


Austin Pendleton received a Obie Award for Best Director for the 2011 off-Broadway revival of Three Sisters.


Austin Pendleton graduated from the University School, a private all-boys school in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1957.


Austin Pendleton became interested in the theater through his mother, whose performances he watched when he was young.


Austin Pendleton participated in theater while attending Yale University, from which he graduated in 1961.


Austin Pendleton was a member of the Yale Dramatic Association, and in 1958 collaborated with lyricist Peter Bergman on two musical plays that starred Philip Proctor: Tom Jones and Booth Is Back In Town.


Austin Pendleton broke into the theater performing in the 1962 off-Broadway production of Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, directed by Jerome Robbins.


Austin Pendleton went on to appear in The Last Sweet Days of Isaac, The Diary of Anne Frank, Goodtime Charley, and Up from Paradise, and many other plays.


Austin Pendleton wrote the plays Uncle Bob, Booth, and Orson's Shadow, all of which were staged off-Broadway.


Austin Pendleton is a member of The Mirror Theater Ltd's Mirror Repertory Company, directing the company's 1984 production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, starring Geraldine Page, Sabra Jones, and Victor Slezak.


Austin Pendleton played Richard in this performance, Sabra Jones performed Elizabeth, Lynn Redgrave played Mad Margaret, Charles McAteer was Lord Rutland, Geraint Wyn Davies played Henry VI, Daniel Gerroll played Buckingham, and Lisa Pelikan played Lady Anne.


In 2009, Austin Pendleton directed Uncle Vanya, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, at the Classic Stage Company.


In 2010, Austin Pendleton directed two plays, Bus Stop at the Olney Theater and Golden Age at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.


Austin Pendleton's 2011 directing of Three Sisters won him an Obie Award.


Austin Pendleton served as artistic director of the Circle Repertory Company with associate artistic director Lynne Thigpen.


Austin Pendleton has taught acting at HB Studio since 1969, and teaches directing at The New School.


Austin Pendleton's acting credits at Steppenwolf include Uncle Vanya, Valparaiso, and Educating Rita.


In 2022, Austin Pendleton reminisced that he was initially reluctant to join Steppenwolf, as the name bothered him and he was reluctant to move to Chicago.


Austin Pendleton has been married to actress Katina Commings since November 1970.