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Tony nominee Leigh Silverman, who directed the Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Violet, is the only woman to receive a 2014 Tony nomination for directing a play or musical on Broadway this season. In honor of Silverman's nomination, Playbill looks at previously nominated women who helmed productions on Broadway.
Click through to see some of the female directors who received Tony Award nominations for direction.
The first African-American woman to direct on Broadway, Carroll was nominated for directing the 1972 production of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, which she followed in 1977 with Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she also wrote the book.
Swados received four Tony nominations for 1978's Runaways, a musical about the lives of children who ran away from home and lived on the city streets. Inspired by workshops conducted by Swados with real-life runaways, Swados was nominated for Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best DIrection of a Musical.
Damashek helmed Quilters, a musical about American pioneer women, in 1985, receiving a Tony nomination for Direction. Damashek also received nods for Score and Book of a Musical.
Rothman, who has served as artistic director at Second Stage Theatre, received a Tony nomination for her direction of Coastal Disturbances, a drama set on a New England beach, in 1987.
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