Mr. Sachs is
a highly-respected stage director in
Sachs directed the 2012 United States Premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, The Blue Iris.
He just completed a 3-city tour in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Guanzhou) directing the play, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers starring Josh Stamberg and Amy Peitz. He also recently directed Jason Ritter in Completeness by Itamar Moses for L.A. Theatre Works.
Sachs directed the world premiere of his new play Bakersfield Mist (2011) and the United States Premiere of Athol Fugard's new play, THE TRAIN DRIVER (2010) in Los Angeles, both to critical acclaim. Also in 2010, Mr. Sachs directed Golden Globe Award-winning actress Christine Lahti, Tony Award-winning actor Frank Wood, Garret Dillahunt, and Stephanie Zimbalist in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Warren Leight's SIDE MAN.
2009, Mr. Sachs directed the
In 2009, Sachs also directed his adaptation MISS
JULIE:FREEDOM SUMMER at Canadian Stage Company in
2009, playwright Athol Fugard chose Sachs to direct the West Coast premiere of his new play, COMING HOME (“Critic’s Choice” Los
Angeles Times). The production was named "Top Ten of 2009" by LA StageWatch and was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Production of the Year. Sachs was honored with the LA Weekly Theater Award as Best Director for Coming Home.
Mr. Sachs has
the honor of being chosen by playwright Athol Fugard as one of the few
directors in the
In 2004, Mr.
Sachs had the privilege of being the first person, apart from the playwright, selected
to direct the world premiere of a new play by Athol Fugard. Sachs directed the
world premiere of Fugard’s EXITS
AND ENTRANCES in Los Angeles (3 LA Ovation Awards including
Best World Premiere of a New Play and Best Director, 5 LA Drama Critics Circle
Awards including Best Production and Best Director). He directed acclaimed
regional productions of the play around the country. And he directed the
Off-Broadway production at Primary Stages in
Fugard gave Sachs the exclusive
Fugard has now given Sachs his newest play, THE TRAIN DRIVER. Sachs will direct the United States premiere in 2010.
2007 Sachs directed the world premiere of his own new adaptation of
Strindberg’s MISS JULIE
at the Fountain in
directed the 2007 world premiere of his own stage adaptation of Stephen
Mitchell’s version of GILGAMESH
at Theatre@Boston Court in
In 2006, the
J. Paul Getty Museum selected Sachs to direct the inaugural production to
launch the opening of their new 450-seat outdoor classical theatre at the Getty
Miller personally gave Sachs exclusive permission to direct his rarely seen AFTER THE FALL in
Mr. Sachs has twice won the L.A. Ovation Award for Best Director of a Play. He has won many theater awards for directing such plays as the Los Angeles premiere of Fugard’s THE ROAD TO MECCA, AFTER THE FALL, the West Coast premiere of STRING OF PEARLS, SWEET NOTHING IN MY EAR (Fountain Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis), the LA premiere of Steven Dietz’s LONELY PLANET (starring Philip Anglim), THE SEAGULL (starring Salome Jens, Philip Baker Hall and Bud Cort), the celebrated 20th Anniversary production of THE BOYS IN THE BAND, the west coast premiere of Romulus Linney’s UNCHANGING LOVE, and many others.
theatre directing credits include: Primary Stages (