Director Rob Marshall's films have been honored with a total of 23 Academy Award nominations - winning 9, including Best Picture. His most recent film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, has grossed over one billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it one of the highest grossing films in history. He is currently preparing the film version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods for Disney.
Marshall's film Nine was nominated for four Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and 10 Critics Choice Awards. His previous directorial efforts include the Academy Award-winning films Chicago (2002) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). For his work on Chicago, winner of six Oscars including Best Picture, Marshall received the Directors Guild Award, an Oscar nomination, a Golden Globe Award nomination, a BAFTA nomination, The National Board of Review Award and the New York Film Critics Online Award, both for best directorial debut, as well as the American Choreography Award. His epic film Memoirs of a Geisha was the winner of three Oscars, three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe.
Marshall executive produced, directed and choreographed the NBC television event Tony Bennett: An American Classic (2006). He won his second Directors Guild Award for this production as well as three Emmy Awards himself for Direction, Choreography and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. He directed and choreographed Disney/ABC’s critically acclaimed movie musical Annie (1999), which received 12 Emmy nominations and won the prestigious Peabody Award. For his work he received an Emmy for Choreography and an American Choreography Award.
A six-time Tony Award nominee and George Abbott Award winner, Marshall's stage work includes co-directing and choreographing the worldwide award-winning Broadway production of Cabaret and directing and choreographing the Broadway revival of Little Me, starring Martin Short. He made his Broadway choreographic debut with Kiss of the Spider Woman, directed by Harold Prince, which also played London’s West End and Vienna. He followed that with productions of She Loves Me on Broadway and London; Damn Yankees on Broadway, National Tour and London; Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria on Broadway; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Broadway; Company on Broadway; The Petrified Forest at the New York Public Theatre, and Promises, Promises for City Center Encores! Additional choreography credits include the Disney/ABC movie musical Cinderella (1997) (Emmy nomination), the CBS movie musical Mrs. Santa Claus (1996) (Emmy nomination), and The Kennedy Center Honors (Kander & Ebb and Chita Rivera tributes).
Marshall holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.