Diane Paulus

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Diane Paulus is a director of opera and theater. She has directed Le Nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, Cosi Fan Tutte, and all three Monteverdi operas: Il Ritorno D'Ulisse in Patria, L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo with British conductor Jane Glover at Chicago Opera Theater. In 2002, her production of Orfeo was presented as part of The Monteverdi Cycle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. She is the creator and director of The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream which ran for six years Off-Broadway, and toured internationally to London, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Evian, France. Recent theater work includes Turandot: Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theatre, The Golden Mickeys for Disney Creative Entertainment; Best of Both Worlds, a gospel/R&B adaptation of A Winter's Tale produced by Music-Theatre Group and The Women's Project; and The Karaoke Show, an adaptation of Comedy of Errors set in a karaoke bar, produced by Jordan Roth Productions. Also for Music-Theatre Group, she directed the Obie award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist Running Man by jazz composer Diedre Murray and poet Cornelius Eady; and Swimming with Watermelons, created in association with Project 400, the theater company she co-founded with her husband Randy Weiner. Other work Off-Broadway: Brutal Imagination, and the Obie-award winning Eli's Comin, featuring the music and lyrics of Laura Nyro. Diane graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies, and has a M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She is the recipient of the Peters Ivers Visiting Artist Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Directing Fellowship from The Drama League. Other projects include Don Giovanni at Chicago Opera Theater, Kiss Me Kate at Glimmerglass Opera, and the premiere of Death and the Powers, a new opera by composer Tod Machover, librettist Robert Pinsky, with story by Randy Weiner, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo.