Amy Stebbins is a director and writer residing in Chicago. Recent theater projects include: "Mauerschau" a full-length opera commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera (winner of the Operafestspielpreis 2016). “MAKING A (RE)ENTRANCE PARTS I & II", a performance piece featuring male ex-offenders from the Crossroads Adult Transition Center that investigated the performative demands of prisoner rehabilitation programs in the United States. In 2014 Stebbins co-authored the libretto for "Musical Land" for the Deutsche Oper Berlin Tischlerei with Felix Seiler. In recent years, Stebbins has also directed music-theater projects with pop artists including Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Einziger, and composer/computer scientist Richard Whaling. From 2011-2013 she was a dramaturgy fellow at the Deutsche Bank Foundation's Akademie Musiktheater Heute.
Stebbins is also the founder and curator of multiple international artist exchanges involving The Bavarian State Theater (Munich), The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), and Òpera de Butxaca. From 2015-2016 she was a guest in the dramaturgy department of the Bavarian State Theater where she worked to promote Transatlantic collaborations under the auspices of the German Chancellor Fellowship. Other initiatives include Echo Chamber Operas, an international working group and network for contemporary music-theater.
Stebbins' scholarship explores topics across theater, film and opera, including poetic, aesthetic and hermeneutic considerations of "acting," the troubled separation of "theory" and "practice," and the place of theater in the age of post-politics. Her dissertation in Germanic Studies and Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago attempts to make legible the political stakes of theater at the Volksbühne under Frank Castorf during the 1990s.
Stebbins holds a B.A. in History & Literature from Harvard University and an M.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago. In 2007-2008, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study stage direction at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin.