Beau Willimon

Friday, August 11, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Creator, Netflix’s “House of Cards”

Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright, producer and former political campaign staffer. The founder of Westward Productions, he is the creator of Netflix’s original series “House of Cards,” for which he served as showrunner for the first four seasons.

In addition to his career as a writer and producer, Willimon worked on a number of political campaigns, including Chuck Schumer’s 1998 senate race, Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential race, Hillary Clinton’s 2000 senate race and Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race. That work influenced his creative endeavors, and his play Farragut North became the basis for the film “Ides of March,” which Willimon co-wrote with George Clooney and Grant Heslov. “Ides of March” was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay; it won The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Award for Best Screenplay. 

A show of political machinations, “House of Cards” made television history in 2013 when it received nine Emmy nominations, the first online streaming show to ever be so honored. To date, the show has received 33 Emmy nominations and eight Golden Globe nominations.

Willimon was a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, named 2008 Playwright-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse, and he is a two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Comte du Nouy Award. He earned a bachelor’s from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.