Stephen Daldry was the director of London's off-West End Gate Theatre, and then, from 1992 to 1998, director of the Royal Court Theatre. He's received two Olivier Awards for Best Director, Critics' Circle, Drama Desk and London Fringe Awards, a Tony Award, and a Peter Brook Empty Space Award, among other honors. Aside from An Inspector Calls, his most noted work has included Machinal, The Kitchen, and Search and Destiny. He's also highly acclaimed as a film director.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Mr. Daldry
in Theater Voices

SC: In light of the fact that there are film and television, can theatre be important as a disseminator of ideas, the way it was for Shaw and Ibsen?

SD: Theatre is still central to our culture in a way that perhaps it isn't in America, where the movies are more central to the culture. You feel it at customs. You go through customs in New York and you say you're in the theatre - they think it has something to do with pornography, and they search your bags.