|Thomas Kail Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||January 30, 1978|
Thomas Kail is an American theatre & TV director who had directed 3 episodes of the sitcom 2 Broke Girls (2012), 2 episodes of the sitcom The Jack and Triumph Show (2015), and 5 episodes of the biographical TV mini-series Fosse/Verdon (2019). As of April 2022, he was also directing 2 feature films whose release dates were yet to be announced – Silver Wings and Fiddler on the Roof. He is, however, best known for directing theatre plays such as the musical In the Heights (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011), the biographical stage play Lombardi (2010), the biographical stage play Magic/Bird (2012), and the musical Hamilton (2015, 2016-Present). He was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor (an annual honor, started in 1978, presented to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture) in 2018.
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Thomas had attended the Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker (people who belong to a historically Protestant Christian set of denominations known formally as the Religious Society of Friends) school in Washington, D.C.
After his high school graduation in 1995, he had joined Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts university in Middletown, Connecticut. He had graduated from there in 1999.
Theatre & TV Director
- Father – Floyd Michael ‘Mike’ Kail
- Mother – Wendy Kail (née Green)
- Siblings – Kathryn Kail (Sister), Nicole Kail (Sister)
- Others – Nathan ‘Nat’ Kail (Paternal Grandfather), Harriett Lenox (Paternal Grandmother), Herbert S. Green (Maternal Grandfather), Edythe Freiberg (Maternal Grandmother), Larry Richard Williams (Father-in-Law) (Politician, Author, Stock & Commodities Trader), Carla Ingrid (née Swenson) (Mother-in-Law), Paige Williams (Sister-in-Law), Jason Williams (Half-Brother-in-Law), Kelley Williams (Half-Sister-in-Law), Sara Williams (Half-Sister-in-Law), Richard Sigwart Williams (Grandfather-in-Law), Sylva Berthea Brurs (Grandmother-in-Law), Floyd D. Swenson (Grandfather-in-Law), Doris Reiquam (Grandmother-in-Law)
Thomas Kail’s net worth had been $30 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Thomas has dated –
- Angela Christian (2006–2019) – Thomas started dating American actress and singer Angela Christian in 2006 and they got married later. After more than a decade together, they had parted ways in 2019.
- Michelle Williams (2019-Present) – Thomas got engaged to American actress Michelle Williams in December 2019 and the couple tied the knot in March 2020. They have a son together named Hart (b. June 2020). In May 2022, it was revealed that Michelle and Thomas were expecting their 2nd child together. Through Michelle’s past relationship with the late Australian actor and director Heath Ledger, he has a step-daughter named Matilda Ledger.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
- Slender frame
- Slightly overgrown, curly hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Thomas Kail Facts
- Thomas, after graduating from Wesleyan University, entered the world of theatre by becoming an assistant stage manager at the American Stage Company in New Jersey.
- In 2007 and 2008, he had directed the 24 Hour Plays benefit performances where 6 short plays were written, rehearsed, directed, and performed within 24 hours.
- He is a good friend of American actor, theatre artist, voice actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, playwright, film director, producer, and screenwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda with whom he had co-created a freestyle hip-hop group called Freestyle Love Supreme.
- Thomas went on to direct the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Lin’s highly acclaimed musicals titled In the Heights (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) and Hamilton (2015, 2016-Present). For the former, he had won the SDC Joseph A. Callaway Award in 2007 in the category of ‘Best Director’; and the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Award) in 2011 in the category of ‘Best Director of a Musical’.
- For Hamilton, he had won the Lucille Lortel Award in 2015 in the category of ‘Outstanding Director’; the Drama Desk Award in 2015 in the category of ‘Outstanding Director of a Musical’; and a Tony Award in 2016 in the category of ‘Best Direction of a Musical’.
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