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AMY STEBBINS

DIRECTOR / DRAMATIST

ABOUT

Amy Stebbins is a director and dramatist, living between Chicago and the German Ruhr Area. Her work lies at the intersection of contemporary opera, new media and research. Upcoming productions at the Oper Frankfurt, the Neuköllner Oper, and the Theater für Niedersachsen. Previous commissions from theaters including the Bavarian State Opera, the State Theater Augsburg, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Main collaborators include: Hauke Berheide, Oksana Lyniv, Belén Montoliú, Sir Henry, and Richard Whaling. She received her training 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, the Akademie Musiktheater heute, and the Fulbright Association. She currently serves on the selection committee of the Academy for Theatre and Digitality, and as a member of the board of directors for the Carl Orff Foundation.


Stebbins is a champion of institutional reform in new work development. From 2015-2017, she convened Transatlantic exchanges for artists and arts administrators between Chicago and Munich on the topic of new work. Together with composer 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. 


In addition to her artistic work, Stebbins is also the author of several journal articles, book chapters, and op/eds addressing topics in contemporary opera, theater studies, as well as race and performance. She served as co-editor of Music-Theater Now's triannual publication in 2016 and 2019. Stebbins has also taught seminars on opera and theater at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and the University of Chicago.


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


UPCOMING


Schöner Wohnen: ein Abstellkammerspiel

Die Neuköllner Oper, May 16th


World Premiere

Music by Sir Henry

Text and Direction by Amy Stebbins



Hamlet (Ambleto)

Das Theater für Niedersachsen, Sept 3rd


World Premiere

Music and Libretto by Fredrik Schwenk

Stage Direction by Amy Stebbins


PRODUCTION ARCHIVE

BLACK-EYED SUSANNA

(ENGLISH THEATER BERLIN)

THE DEATH OF ORPHEUS

(SAIC, CHICAGO)

PUBLICATIONS


BOOKS

DAS REGIEBUCH

Zur Lesbarkeit theatrale Produktionsprozesse in Geschichte und Gegenwart

ed. Martin Schneider
(German)

ISBN: 97803835350670


THEATRE AND INTERNATIONALIZATION

Perspectives from Australia, Germany, and Beyond

ed. U. Garde and J. R. Severn
(English)

ISBN: 9780367463540


PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES

"Reentry as Performance:

Reflections from Institution X"

Critical Social Policy

co-author Dr. Adi Barak

“Imaginary Dialogues:Witnessing in Prison-based Creative Arts Therapies"

The Arts in Psychotherapy

co-author Dr. Adi Barak

2019 Music Theatre Now Program

German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI)

Co-editor Christian Grammel

Conversation with Amy Stebbins and Hauke Berheide conducted by Joao-Pedro Cachopo

Dramaturgias special issue on “Opera, Technology and New Media”

"'Eine Aufgekratztheit im Theater':

Acting the Agon at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz”

Seminar: a journal of Germanic Studies

"Anticipated Alienation and Critical Social Work: Ex-Offenders' Perspectives on Re-entry

The British Journal of Social Work

co-author Dr. Adi Barak

LIBRETTI

THEATER & CULTURAL CRITICISM

EDITED PUBLICATIONS


INITIATIVES

NEW OPERA DIALOGUES is an international platform for opera creators and producers to discuss, debate, and dialogue about contemporary opera aesthetics as well as best practices for new work development.

THE CHICAGO-MUNICH THEATER EXCHANGE was a series of Transatlantic exchange between theaters in Chicago and Munich on the topic of new play development. Participating institutions included: The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, Goethe-Institut Chicago, and the Bavarian State Theater.