Mary Birnbaum (Greenhouse Curator)
Mary Birnbaum has staged operas in New York, across the U.S. and abroad from Latin America to Taiwan. A honors graduate of Harvard College, Mary then studied movement at Ecole Jaques Lecoq in Paris and was the inaugural Marcus Directing Fellow at Juilliard before becoming a member of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Faculty, where she teaches acting to singers and serves as the Associate Director of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program. Her work has been called "viscerally overwhelming" and "vibrant" by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times. Mary is a past nominee for Best Newcomer at the International Opera Awards sponsored by Opera magazine. New York Credits include: Die Zauberflöte (Juilliard), The Classical Style (Carnegie Hall, World Premiere, Stucky/Denk), The Rape of Lucretia, Eugene Onegin (Juilliard) and several concerts with NYFOS. Selected Credits include: Kept (VA Arts Festival, World Premiere, Kuster/Levad), Halka (Bard Music Festival), Giulio Cesare (Boston Baroque), collaborations with New World Symphony, the Ojai festival and Santa Fe Opera. International work includes productions at National Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Compañía Lírica in Costa Rica, and Melbourne Opera Studio. Birnbaum has collaborated with playwrights in the Soho Rep W/D Lab, at Ars Nova, and as a New Georges Affiliated Artist.