is a prominent American theatre director
. He has received the Alan Schneider
Award for Directing Excellence, a T.C.G. National Theater Artist Residency Award, a Boris Sagal
Directing Fellowship, an NEA
New Forms Grant, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships, and a San Diego Critics Circle Award.
Tresnjak was born in the city of Zemun, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). He emigrated to The United States with his mother when he was ten years old. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1988. He attended the Columbia University School of the Arts MFA theater directing program to get his masters.
He has been working for the summers of 2004-2007 as the artistic director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego, CA.
Tresnjak is currently the Old Globe's Resident Artistic Director.