Tony Speciale is the founder of Plastic Theatre—conceiving, co-authoring and directing the world premiere of Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company—Drama Desk Award nominee, GLAAD Media Award nominee). Most recently, Tony served as Artistic Director of Abingdon Theatre Company, a 26-year old off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to developing and producing new American work. Off-Broadway credits: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Dixon Place, Westside Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci, Steven Skybell and Taylor Mac (Classic Stage Company); The Boy Who Danced On Air, The DorkKnight, The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon Theatre Company); and Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s Handbook for an American Revolutionary (The Gym at Judson). Regional: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (National Tour: Kirk Douglas Theatre, Old Globe, Bay Street Theater, Hartford Stage, Laguna Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company), Barry Manilow’s Harmony (Alliance Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Tony has developed new work at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, The Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA and The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival. His work has also been seen at New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), HERE Arts Center and The Club at La MaMa. As a solo writer, his play Delirium: The Myth of Arthur Rimbaud was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was honored with a British Writers’ Guild Award. Tony spent four seasons at Classic Stage Company as Associate Artistic Director where he directed and taught for The Young Company, CSC’s award-winning Education and Outreach Initiative. He is a former ATL Acting Apprentice, studied musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Tony is also the proud recipient of a Princess Grace Theatre Honorarium and Suzi Bass Award.