VICTOR LIRIO is an actor and theater director. He most recently directed Cassandra Medley’s Coming Up for Air, recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Grant, as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival in New York City.
Victor directed the New York Times acclaimed world premiere of Warren Bodow’s Race Music. He directed Cassandra Medley’s award-winning and critically acclaimed Noon Day Sun (Time Out New York Critic’s Choice), which starred Obie Award winner Ron Cephas Jones (NBC’s This is Us), earning several nominations for Audelco Awards including Best Dramatic Production of the Year. He has developed over 35 original works, produced 18 of them in ten productions at Theatre Row since 2005—including three theater festivals: The Equality Plays Festival, Snapshots (New York Times Critics Choice), and The Pearl Project. He has directed several new works in development by emerging and established playwrights including Yussef El Guindi’s Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World (winner of the 2012 Steinberg Award for Best New Play) and the musical, Long Season. At Miami Theater Center, he directed special performances of Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy and Neil Labute’s The Mercy Seat. As an actor, he was in the 1st National Tour of the 1996 Broadway revival of The King & I (Kennedy Center). He appeared in the development workshop of Don Nguyen’s The Man from Saigon (dir. G.T. Upchurch) at Naked Angels; and played reporter Walker Harris in the revival of Lee Blessing’s political drama, Two Rooms, to critical acclaim. He has worked at several Off Broadway and regional theater companies including The Public Theater, Huntington Theatre Co., and Ensemble Studio Theatre.
He directed Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) in back-to-back solo concerts in New York’s legendary venues: Kaleidoscope at The Town Hall, the New York Times acclaimed Back to Before at Café Carlyle, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Concert Series in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. With special permission from Mr. Stephen Sondheim, he wrote and directed Suites by Sondheim at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In addition, Victor has worked with Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin, The Lion King), Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera), and American Idol finalist, Anthony Fedorov.