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Elena Araoz

(Director) Off-Broadway directing includes the American premieres of Carl Djerassi’s plays Phallacy and Three on a Couch and the world premiere of Monika Bustamante’s Thirst: a spell for Christabel. During the 2012-2013 season, Elena directed Natalia Naman’s new play Lawnpeople at Cherry Lane Theatre, Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera North, and the world premieres of Mac Wellman’s Horrocks (and Toutatis too), which was presented at the New Museum after a workshop at New Dramatists, andWu World Woo, co-produced by Omaha’s BlueBarn Theatre and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Both Mac Wellman pieces will soon be presented in Boston by Sleeping Weazel and ArtsEmerson.Also upcoming, Bekah Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow at The Wild Project. International productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prague Shakespeare Festival, Czech Republic), world premiere of Li Tong’s The Power (the first English-language play commercially produced in Beijing), world premiere of Jaclyn Villano’s Unanswered, We Ride (Edinburgh Fringe). Other recent productions include:La traviata (New York City Opera, Gilman Opera House at BAM),Jaclyn Villano’s The Company We Keep (Boston Playwright’s Theatre), The Price (Northern Stage), Falstaff (Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM), Latin Lovers (Glimmerglass Opera), Naomi Wallace’s The Fever Chart (Underground Railway Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Austin Shakespeare), Mac Wellman’s Muazzez (Great Plains Theatre Conference), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SUNY and Geva Theate Center), and the world premiere of Carolyn Wistrand’s Magdalena’s Crossing (Negro Ensemble Company). Elena’s operetta War Music, which she adapted from Christopher Logue’s retelling of the Iliad (performance ensemble Aurea and the FirstWorks Providence Festival) was further presented in NYC and Chicago, and toured New England. Other commissions for directed adaptations: Faust (Aurea), and a tango music-theatre pieceLaberintos (Chekhov Theatre Ensemble). Elena works regularly with Sir Jonathan Miller, most recently as Choreographer and Associate Director for La traviata at Vancouver Opera, and has served on his Broadway King Lear and multiple operas at Lincoln Center, Seattle Opera, BAM and Glimmerglass. Elena is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a New Georges’ Affiliated Artist, and a recipient of the Dr. David Farrar Opera Stage Director Grant. She holds her MFA in Acting from University of Texas/Austin. Website: Contact: Quinn M. Corbin, Gersh Agency

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