Baz Luhrmann
Catherine Martin

Baz Luhrmann, known for his unique storytelling style, has captured imaginations globally with a range of award-winning projects in film, opera, theater, and music. Luhrmann attended Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, where he conceived Strictly Ballroom, which he would later adapt into his directorial film debut in 1992. Luhrmann continued his work on the stage as the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre’s Experimental Company, as well as an opera company under the Australian Opera, through which he produced a groundbreaking adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in colonial India. After completing his next two films, the BAFTA-winning Romeo + Juliet and the Oscar-winning Moulin Rouge!, Luhrmann took his production of Puccini’s La bohème to Broadway. The show was nominated for seven Tony Awards and won two. Since then, Luhrmann has directed two additional films, Australia and an Oscar-winning adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Most recently, Luhrmann created “The Get Down” for Netflix. Luhrmann mar­ried Catherine Martin, his longtime creative collaborator, in 1997. They have two chil­dren, Lillian and William.