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Stage Director

Shawna Lucey makes her directorial debut in OSJ’s 2017-18 production of Verdi’s La traviata. Ms. Lucey is an American theater and opera director based in New York City. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Theater (BA) and Italian (BA) at the University of Texas at Austin. After working in the Barnard and Columbia Theater department as well as at the world-famous Bread and Puppet Theater, she moved to Russia in order to pursue a Master’s degree.

Her first project in Moscow, directing and designing a puppet version of Primo Levi’s If This is a Man, performed at the Moscow Art Theater and toured within Russia. During her five years in Russia, she pursued work with theater institutions while completing her MFA in Directing & Movement from the Boris Schukin Theatre Institute of the Vakhtangov Theater in Moscow. She studied with Andrei Droznin, Andrei Schukin, Sergei Zemtsov, and Igor Zolotovitski, covering the history of Russian theater training, including the techniques of Vsevolod Meyerhold, Evgeny Vakhtangov, Konstantin Stanislavski, and Michael Chekhov. At the Schukin Institute, which offers a unique system of training for actors, Shawna studied biomechanics, Stanislavski’s theories of physical action, fencing, rhythmic, directing, and dance. 

Ms. Lucey has since worked at the Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bolshoi Theater and Schauspiel Hannover. She has assisted esteemed directors, including Stephen Lawless, Lee Blakeley, John Caird, Peter Schumann and Laurie Feldman. 

Upcoming directing projects include staging Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein for Wichita Grand Opera (2015) and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance  for Skylight Music Theater (2016). 

Please visit Ms. Lucey’s website for additional information.