This is a bit about my work in the theater.

Director MICHAEL RAU is a theater director specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera.

Since 2008 he has been working internationally in Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Greece. He recently made his German language directing premiere with Was Ubrig Bleibt at Theater Bielefeld. He has also created work in New York City at PS122, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59 and Dixon Place. He has directed productions regionally in Chicago and Cleveland, and was a guest artist at Wesleyan University in 2011. For New York University he has directed operas including Die FledermausDown in the Valley, and Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well creating four fully staged operas based on the song cycle material using the music of Brahms, Bach, Ravel, and Hugo Wolf.


He is the artistic director and co-founder of Wolf 359, with playwright Michael Yates Crowley. As a theater company they have been working together since 1998 and their production of Righteous Money has been on tour since 2009 and has visited Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, two small cities in Germany, and had two runs in New York City. Their production ofThe Ted Haggard Monologues was awarded the undergroundzero prize for Artistic Excellence, selected by New York Magazine as a “Critics Pick” and filmed by HBO. The development process for each production is unique in that each production is a collage of multi-media, research, poetry, music and is developed through a rigorous workshopping process that takes place in the back of a bar in the East Village of New York City.

Outside of his company, his devised work includes the games we used to play, which he co-created with Max Goldblatt, took first place at Les Fêtes théâtrales du Suroît in 2005, and Absent with Jeremy Paul which used the entire span of the Detroit-Superior Bridge in downtown Cleveland. His production of Four Saints in Three Acts was selected as a noteworthy production of the 2008 Opera America Director/Designer Showcase. His production of The Great God Brown was exhibited as part of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.


Michael Rau is a recipient of the Willard Fellowship from Columbia University (2007). He also received the 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, a 2007 New Play Network Directing Fellowship and a 2008 TCG National Conference Grant. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center for three years, and is on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU.

He has served as an assistant for John Turturro at Classic Stage Company, Les Waters at A.R.T., and Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera. He was selected as Young American Artist for The Glimmerglass Festival where he assisted Anne Bogart on her production of Carmen, as well as Leon Major’s production of Later the Same Evening, and Francesca Zambello on the world premiere of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s opera Blizzard on Marbleheadneck He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.