Hi, I’m Michael Rau.
I’m a live performance director.
I work in theater, opera, live performance, and narrative design. I have worked as a Live Performance Director for events, served as a Narrative Designer and Creative Strategist. I move between theater, opera, classic texts, new plays, and devised work. With my recent work, I am trying to expand the definition of theater and plays into new forms of storytelling for an audience and finding different ways to represent our world onstage. I’m interested in the problematic relationship between text, images, speech and music.
I’ve collaborated with Michael Yates Crowley since 2007, and we run a narrative technology company called Wolf 359. Together our work together has toured to Germany, the UK, and Ireland, and we host a bi-monthly new work/reading series at Jimmys No 43 in the East Village. As an independent director I’ve worked in venues from 2000 seat opera houses to 50 seat black boxes, and have directed everything from a promenade style performance on an abandoned bridge in Cleveland to completely devised piece about Ayn Rand and Beethoven to a radically updated version of AIDA at Opera Santa Barbara. I’ve also taught at NYU, Columbia University, and Wesleyan University, and I’m graduate of the MFA Directing program at Columbia under Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.
You can see my full professional bio here.