Tony Speciale is the Artistic Director of Abingdon Theatre Company, a 25-year-old off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to developing and producing new American work. Abingdon credits include The Boy Who Danced on Air, music by Tim Rosser, book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne; The Mother of Invention by James Lecesne; The Dork Knight by Jason O’Connell; and Stet by Kim Davies. Tony is also 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). Other NYC credits: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Dixon Place, Westside Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci and Taylor Mac (Classic Stage Company); and Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s Handbook for an American Revolutionary (The Gym at Judson). Regional: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (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’s 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 served 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.