Mary Birnbaum

Faculty and Associate Director of Opera Studies

The Juilliard School

Mary Birnbaum is a New York-based theater and opera director. After graduating from Harvard, attended École Jacques Lecoq in Paris where she studied movement and design and began to create theater works. Artistic director of art.party.theater.company, an avant-garde theater company that she founded in 2009; has collaborated with Flux Factory, the Foundry Theater Company, American Opera Projects, and Bryant Park in the creation of original theater pieces. Most recently, directed productions at Melbourne Opera Studio, The Juilliard School, Son of Semele Theater (L.A.), and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Has assisted fellow faculty member Stephen Wadsworth at Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, and on Broadway. In the summer of 2013, will be the associate director of the "Ring" cycle at Seattle Opera.