Bio

Amy Stebbins is a writer and director residing in Frankfurt and Chicago. Recent projects include: "Einar hat'n Vogel" a scenic concert for children (Theater Augsburg, 2018); "Mauerschau" an evening-length opera about war, mediality, and "fake news" (Bavarian State Opera, 2016); "Musical Land" a one-act comic opera in which Evita, Maria von Trapp, and Little Orphan Annie flee an attack on their home only to find themselves stranded in a German contemporary classical orchestra (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2014); “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. Stebbins has also directed theater projects with pop artists including Grammy-award winner Michael Einziger, and composer/computer scientist Richard Whaling.

 

Stebbins has convened multiple Transatlantic exchanges for artists and arts administrators on the topic of new work development. Under the auspices of the German Chancellor Fellowship she brought together leaders from The Bavarian State Theater, The Goodman Theatre, The Münchner Kammerspiele, and the Gärtnerplatztheater. Together with Hauke Berheide she is the co-founder of Echo Chamber Opera (ECHO) a Transatlantic platform dedicated to new opera production reform sponsored by the Toepfer Foundation with partners from the Bavarian State Opera, CalArts, Òpera de Butxaca, Opera Philadelphia, Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden among others.

 

Stebbins received her PhD from the University of Chicago in Germanic Studies and Cinema & Media Studies in 2018. Her dissertation "Theater against the Turn: Acting Dialectics at Frank Castorf's Volksbühne" explores the work of actors at the Berlin Volksbühne, and demonstrates how acting operates as privileged site of political engagement. Stebbins is also the author of scholarly and journalistic articles on topics in theater, performance, identity politics, U.S. prisoner rehabilitation, and creative arts therapy.

 

Stebbins attended Harvard University where she received a B.A. in History & Literature. In 2007-2008, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study stage direction at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. There she worked on productions directed by René Pollesch, Sebastian Baumgarten, and Yana Ross. From 2011-2013 Stebbins was a fellow at the Deutsche Bank Foundation's Akademie Musiktheater Heute.