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Amy Stebbins is a writer-director who lives in Germany and the USA. Her theater lies at the intersection of performance, opera and new media. She has received commissions from institutions such as the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Augsburg State Theater. Among her collaborators are Hauke Berheide, Michael Einziger, Oksana Lyniv, Belén Montoliú, Sir Henry, and Richard Whaling. She was trained at the Berlin Volksbühne where she interned/assisted for René Pollesch, Sebastian Baumgarten, and Chris Kondek. Residencies and fellowships include: the Academy for Theater and Digitality, the  German Chancellor Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), the Akademie Musiktheater heute, and the Fulbright Assocation.


In addition to her artistic work, Stebbins is also the author of several publications addressing topics in theater studies, race and performance, creative arts therapy, and contemporary opera. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in SeminarCritical Social Policy, The Arts in Psychotherapy, and she has chapter in the upcoming anthology Theatre and Internationalization (Routledge, 2020). She has also written on the intersection of US-American new plays, identity politics and the culture industry for Zeit-Online, and has served as co-editor of Music-Theater Now's triannual publication in 2016 and 2019.


Stebbins is also a champion of institutional reform in new work development in both spoken theater and opera. She has convened Transatlantic exchanges for artists and arts administrators from institutions such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, and the The Münchner Kammerspiele. Together with Hauke Berheide she is the co-founder of New Opera Dialogues, an artist-led platform to promote international dialogue about aesthetics and best institutional practices for contemporary opera. 


Stebbins holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on the theater of Frank Castorf. She also holds an M.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University.


CONTACT: amycarolynstebbins@gmail.com

"BREATHTAKING

MUSIC-THEATER!"

- Das Orchester



"AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE BAVARIAN STATE OPERA, WHICH PATH TO FOLLOW IN THE PRESENT DAY."

- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


"ÜBER-FUNNY, RAZOR-SHARP PUNCHLINES."

- Tagesspiegel



"Berheide and Stebbins

nearly create a model for contemporary opera."

- Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung



"Amazing and extreme - a wild experience."

- Süddeutsche Zeitung





AMY STEBBINS

WRITER-DIRECTOR

NEWS


July 2020


April 2020

Mauerschau-360° roughcut complete

Schöner Wohnen (Neuköllner Oper, Berlin)

postponed until spring 2021


June 2020


May 2020

Artist residency


Feb 2020