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 at Theater Bielefeld. He has also created work in New York City at PS122, The Culture Project, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59, 3LD and Dixon Place. He has directed productions regionally in Chicago and Cleveland, and was a guest artist at Wesleyan University in 2011. He has developed and directed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Lark and New York Theater Workshop. His recent work includes his work included Machinal at the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory, restaging Aida at Opera Santa Barbara, and creating three new productions, a performance piece based on German Lieder, a staging of contemporary poems by Erica Wright, and nouveaux circus staging of Sherry Kramer’s David’s Redhaired Death.
Upcoming projects include: A residency at EMERGE to develop “The Problems of Human Motion,” a video/dance/theater piece based on the photography of Edward Muybridge.
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, three small cities in Germany, and had two runs in New York City. Their production of The Ted Haggard Monologues was awarded the undergroundzero prize for Artistic Excellence, selected by New York Magazine as a “Critics Pick” and filmed by HBO. Their most recent show was developed at the IRT theater and was presented at the Public Theater in Joe’s Pub.