Bob Balaban directed and produced the long running off-Broadway play The Exonerated which won the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. Other Off-Broadway directing credits include Arthur Kopit's Y2K for the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Lucille Lortel; Manuscript at the Daryl Roth Theatre; Vick’s Boy at Rattlestick Theater; and Family Secrets at 37 Arts. He directed the world premiere of Lucy Boyle’s The Blue Deep at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Bob directed Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon in the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award-nominated Bernard and Doris for HBO; Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in Lifetime's multi-award-nominated Georgia O’Keefe; and episodes of Nurse Jackie, Alpha House, Graves, and Amy Sedaris’s strange and wonderful Strangers with Candy.
He co-produced, co-created-, and co-starred in Robert Altman’s Academy Award-winning Gosford Park, which won BAFTA, SAG, Golden Globe, and New York Film Critics Awards as well.
As an actor Bob has been nominated for a Tony, an Emmy, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He most recently appeared on Broadway in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance with John Lithgow and Glenn Close, and has appeared Off-Broadway in plays at the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, the Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Club, and Lincoln Center Theater.
Bob has appeared in over a hundred movies including Midnight Cowboy, Absence of Malice, Close Encounters of the Third Kind; all five of Christopher Guest’s improvised movies; George Clooney’s Monuments Men; and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Bob will soon be featured in Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs and Errol Morris’s limited series for Netflix Wormwood.