Julie Taymor recently directed the play Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, at the Public Theater and completed a cinematic version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, filmed during her critically acclaimed stage production at TFANA. The film was shown at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released this summer. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the all-time highest grossing musical, The Lion King. Operas include Oedipus Rex, with Jessye Norman, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera; and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Film credits include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins; Frida starring Salma Hayek; Across the Universe, and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.