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Paul Shyre

Paul Shyre (8 March 1926–19 November 1989) was an American director and playwright who won a Tony and an Emmy.[1] He is noted for the plays Hizzoner, Will Rogers' USA and The President Is Dead.[2]

Shyre graduated from the University of Florida and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was a professor of theater arts at Cornell University.[3]

Shyre adapted to the stage, directed and co-produced the Sean O'Casey novels, Pictures in the Hallway, I Knock at the Door and Drums Under the Windows. He also wrote and directed A Whitman Portrait and An Unpleasant Evening With H.L. Mencken.[1]


  • 1957 Drama Desk Award for Pictures in the Hallway[4]
  • 1957 Obie Award, special citation for bringing O'Casey to Off-Broadway; for his adaptations of I Knock at the Door, Pictures in the Hallway, and USA[5]
  • 1957 Special Tony Award
  • 1987 New York Emmy Award shared with Robert H. Rines for the television and later Broadway play Hizzoner! about Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.


  1. ^ a b Haymer, Johnny (21 November 1989) The Washington Post page B-7
  2. ^ Mikulan, Steven (27 January 2006) "Let's Put On a Banned Show" LA Weekly page 68
  3. ^ Flint, Peter B. (20 November 1989) "Paul Shyre, 63, Director, Actor And O'Casey Adapter, Is Dead" The New York Times page D-11
  4. ^ Staff (5 November 2007) "New Globe Revives Paul Shyre's Plays in Rep Nov.24-Dec.23 2007/11/05" Broadway World News Desk
  5. ^ "New York Obies Theater Awards - 1957"