Darko Tresnjak's Shakespeare credits include Coriolanus, All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, A Comedy of Errors, Antony and Cleopatra, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Pericles (The Old Globe); All's Well Than Ends Well, The Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for New Audience); The Merchant of Venice (RSC Complete Works Festival); Twelfth Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Two Noble Kinsmen (The Joseph Papp Public Theater); The Winter's Tale (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Two Noble Kinsmen (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Other theatre credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Women, Bell, Book and Candle (The Old Globe); Amphitryon, Heartbreak House, What the Butler Saw, The Blue Demon (Huntington Theatre Company); The Love of Three Oranges, Princess Turandot, The Blue Demon, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Skin of Our Teeth, Moving Picture, Under Milk Wood (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Hay Fever, Princess Turandot (Westport Country Playhouse); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Long Wharf Theatre Company); A Little Night Music, Amour, Carnival (Goodspeed Musicals); More Lies About Jerzy (Vineyard Theatre Company); Princess Turandot, Hotel Universe (Blue Light Theater Company). His opera credits include Der Zwerg, Der zerbrochene Krug, Die Vogel (Los Angeles Opera); Die Zauberflote (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis); Il barbiere di Siviglia (Florida Grand Opera); Der fliegende Hollander, May Night, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus (Sarasota Opera); Turandot, Orfeo ed Euridice, Il Trovatore (Virginia Opera).
He was educated at Swarthmore College and Columbia University. His awards include San Diego Theatre Critics Awards for outstanding direction of Cyrano de Bergerac, The Winter’s Tale and Pericles and for excellence in Artistic Direction, and the 2001 Alan Schneider Award for Directing Excellence. He was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival from 2004 to 2009. He teaches at UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance. Upcoming priojects include the national tour of The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham, Titus Andronicus at Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and City of Angels at Goodspeed Musicals.
Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program alumnus Darko Tresnjak ('98SOA) directed an acclaimed revival of "Carnival!" at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in summer 2010.