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ALAN E. HICKS

Stage Director

Biography

Beginning his professional operatic career in 1996 as a studio baritone at Chautauqua Opera, Alan E. Hicks found success as a singer and teacher before turning his attention to stage direction. As his profile in the profession has grown, Alan has added award-winner, author, and administrator to his list of accomplishments.

Described as “a pleasing baritone of great promise,” Alan sang touring and young artist contracts with Minnesota Opera, Virginia Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival (now Opera Saratoga), and Opera Northeast, as well as concerts and recitals across the United States. In 1998, Alan originated the title role in Virginia Opera’s world premiere production of Seymour Barab’s The pied piper of Hamelin.

As a director, Alan’s work has been reviewed as "inventive," “imaginatively directed,” "absolutely brilliant," “gorgeous,” “maturely-realized,” and “real magic.” Alan's first show - a new production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah conceived for and produced by the University of Texas at Austin - won First Prize in the 2007-2008 National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competition. He has directed new productions of Orfeo ed Euridice for Palm Beach Opera's Resident Artist Program, Carmen at Opera in the Ozarks, The turn of the screw for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The turn of the screw (2nd Place in the 2011-2012 NOA competition and winner of The American Prize in Opera Performance for 2013) and Roméo et Juliette at the University of Iowa. He made his Austrian directing debut in 2012 at the helm of Le nozze di Figaro and returned to Salzburg in 2013 to direct Don Giovanni. In 2013, Alan designed and directed a new production of La traviata for Center City Opera Theater (a co-production with the Gulf Coast Symphony (FL)) and led workshops of new works, Satan's bride: Maren of Vardø and A woman in Morrocco. For 2015-16, Alan directed Ariadne auf Naxos for Minnesota Opera, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Santa Barbara, Albert Herring for Shenandoah Conservatory (VA), and The turn of the screw at Miami Music Festival. For 2016-17, Alan will return to Shenandoah University to direct The magic flute.

Alan has served on the production staffs of Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, Seattle Opera, Tulsa Opera, and New York City Opera. In 2014, he was appointed Director of the Emerging Artist Program at Green Mountain Opera Festival directing the EAP production of The rape of Lucretia.

Committed to building future audiences and the continued growth of the art form, Alan has written and directed educational shows for various ensembles. A recipe for opera, written and directed for Center City Opera Theatre, toured Philadelphia-area schools in 2013. Alan's abridged touring production of The elixir of love, conceived and directed for Tulsa Opera, toured Oklahoma in 2010 and 2011.

From 2002 until 2006, Alan served on the faculties of the internationally acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School and American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York City. His former students have performed on Broadway, in national and international tours, on all major television networks, and in major motion pictures. Until 2008, Alan maintained studios for singers and actors in New York City and Austin, TX, and, in 2005, produced a master class with musical theatre composer and Broadway veteran Andrew Lippa. Alan has taught master classes throughout the United States and has served as interim Director of Opera Workshop at Sam Houston State University and interim Director of the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre at the University of Iowa.

In addition to directing and teaching activities, Alan authored a book entitled Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer. The book, published by Amadeus Press (Hal Leonard Corporation), is available in bookstores worldwide as well as over 150 libraries across the globe. Alan has also penned several articles on subjects ranging from acting study to auditioning. His most recent article appeared in Classical Singer (magazine) in the summer of 2014.

A native of Mississippi, Alan holds a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) with Vocal Emphasis from Mississippi State University, a Master of Music (MMUS) in Vocal Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Opera Directing from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Alan is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Susannah

**Winner: National Opera Association's Opera Production Competition (The University of Texas at Austin)

"Susannah is a classic tragedy, and in the hands of director Alan E. Hicks, the production achieves some real magic...On opening night, the audience stood defiant, fists clenched for their Susannah. This moment was a testament to Hicks...in whose hands Susannah was a triumph."
The Austin Chronicle, Michael Kellerman

Directing

UPCOMING
TBA
Projects TBA, 2017

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
Die Zauberflöte, 2017

DIRECTOR
MIAMI MUSIC FESTIVAL
The turn of the screw, 2016

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
Albert Herring, 2016

OPERA SANTA BARBARA
L'elisir d'amore, 2016

MINNESOTA OPERA
Ariadne auf Naxos, 2015

MIAMI MUSIC FESTIVAL
Albert Herring, 2015

SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The turn of the screw‡, 2014

GREEN MOUNTAIN OPERA FESTIVAL
Director of the Emerging Artist Program, 2014 
The rape of Lucretia∂, 2014 
Friends and Family: Music of the near and (not so) dear‡, 2014
Gala Concert‡, 2013
Emerging Artist Showcase‡, 2013 

SUGAR CREEK OPERA
Die Fledermaus‡, 2014

GULF COAST SYMPHONY (FL)
La traviata, 2013

CENTER CITY OPERA THEATER
La traviata, 2013 
Satan's bride: Maren of Vardø, workshop production, 2013
A recipe for opera§, 2012 
A woman in Morocco, libretto reading for new opera by Daron Hagen and Barbara Grecki, 2012 

TULSA OPERA
The elixir of love§∂, 2011
The elixir of love§∂, 2010

PALM BEACH OPERA
Orfeo ed Euridice∂, 2010

OPERA IN THE OZARKS
Carmen, 2010

FRANCO-AMERICAN VOCAL ACADEMY IN SALZBURG
Don Giovanni, 2013
Le nozze di Figaro, 2012

SARAH AND ERNEST BUTLER OPERA CENTER, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 
Susannah∞, 2008 
Les contes d’Hoffmann*, 2007
Orpheus in the underworld, 2007
Don Giovanni*, 2006
Die Fledermaus*, 2006

MARTHA-ELLEN TYE OPERA THEATRE, THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 
The turn of the screw∞, 2012
Roméo et Juliette, 2012
Euridice (Peri), 2011

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Dido and Aeneas, 2010
A game of chance, 2009
A question of taste, 2009
A hand of Bridge, 2009

CHAUTAUQUA OPERA, APPRENTICE ARTIST OPERALOGUE SCENES PROGRAM 
The magic flute†, 2011
Luisa Miller†, 2011
The cunning little vixen†, 2008
The elixir of love†, 2007
Carmen†, 2007

CHAUTAUQUA OPERA, STUDIO ARTIST OPERA SCENES PROGRAM 
Les contes d’Hoffmann*, 2011
La rondine*, 2011
A little night music*, 2011
Hamlet*, 2011
Werther*, 2011
Six characters in search of an author*, 2008
Werther*, 2008
The taming of the shrew*, 2008
Albert Herring*, 2008
Les contes d’Hoffmann*, 2008
Ariadne auf Naxos*, 2007
The crucible*, 2007
L’amico Fritz*, 2007
A midsummer night’s dream*, 2007
La bohème*, 2007
Così fan tutte*, 2007

CENTRAL CITY OPERA, BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION ARTISTS TRAINING PROGRAM, OPERA A LA CARTE 
The tender land*, 2009
Giulio Cesare*, 2009
Le nozze di Figaro*, 2009
Don Giovanni*, 2009
Così fan tutte*, 2009

DRUID CITY OPERA WORKSHOP SCENES PROGRAM, THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA 
Falstaff *, 2012
The rape of lucretia*, 2012
Mignon*, 2012
Der Rosenkavalier*, 2012
Don Giovanni*, 2012
Falstaff*, 2011
Little women*, 2011
Fidelio*, 2011
La bohème*, 2011

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
Nabucco (Matthew Ozawa, Director), 2016
The merry widow (Susan Stroman, Director), 2015

SEATTLE OPERA
Ariadne auf Naxos (Chris Alexander, Director), 2015
Semele (Tomer Zvulun, Director), 2015
Tosca (Jose Maria Condemi, Director), 2015
Don Giovanni (Christopher Alexander, Director), 2014
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Christopher Alexander, Director), 2014 
The consul (Peter Kazaras, Director), 2014
Rigoletto (Linda Brovsky, Director), 2014

NEW YORK CITY OPERA
The turn of the screw (Sam Buntrock, Director), 2013

GREEN MOUNTAIN OPERA FESTIVAL
Don Giovanni (James Darrah, Director), 2013
Albert Herring (James Darrah, Director), 2013

FLORIDA GRAND OPERA
Don Giovanni (John Pascoe, Director/Sara Erde, Choreographer), 2011

CHAUTAUQUA OPERA
The magic flute (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2011
Luisa Miller (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2011
Così fan tutte (2nd) (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2008
Operatic animals‡, Chautauqua Opera and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2008
The cunning little vixen (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2008
La traviata (2nd) (A. Scott Parry, Director), 2008
Street scene (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2007
Carmen (John Kramar, Director), 2007
Werther (2nd) (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2007
Once upon a mattress (Jay Lesenger, Director), 2007

MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE
The Mikado (Michael Scarola, Director/Dan Knechtges, Choreographer), 2010

CENTRAL CITY OPERA
A little night music (Ken Cazan, Director), 2009

TULSA OPERA
L’elisir d’amore (Michael Scarola, Director), 2009
Hänsel and Gretel (Tara Faircloth, Director), 2009
La bohème (Stanley M. Garner, Director), 2008

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Big love (play) (Fran Dorn, Director), 2008

SARAH AND ERNEST BUTLER OPERA CENTER, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
The turn of the screw (Robert DeSimone, Director), 2007
Chansons de Bilitis, Claude Debussy International Congress, Butler Opera Center (Robert DeSimone, Director), 2006
L’enfant prodigue, Claude Debussy International Congress, Butler Opera Center (Robert DeSimone, Director), 2006
La chute de la maison Usher, Claude Debussy International Congress, Butler Opera Center (Robert DeSimone, Director), 2006

CHOREOGRAPHER
TULSA OPERA
L’elisir d’amore, Soldier’s Rifle Routine (Michael Scarola, Director), 2009

CREATOR/WRITER/LIBRETTIST
TBD
TBA (a new operatic project, an opera in 3 acts), Librettist, 2013-present

CENTER CITY OPERA THEATRE
A recipe for opera, Writer, 2012-13

TULSA OPERA
The elixir of love, Adaptation and English Dialogue, 2010 and 2011

PRODUCER
BROADWAY MASTER CLASS SERIES
An evening with Andrew Lippa, New York, NY, 2005

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS (AS A SINGER)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), Minnesota Opera (tour), 2001
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro - cover), Chautauqua Opera, 2000 
ll barbiere di Siviglia (Fiorello), Chautauqua Opera, 2000
Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlekin - cover), Chautauqua Opera, 2000
Street scene (Harry Easter - cover), Chautuaqua Opera, 2000 
An evening of opera highlights (Featured Soloist), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, 2000
An evening of opera pops (Featured Soloist), Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, 2000
Don Giovanni (Masetto), Lake George Opera Festival, 1999
The pied piper of Hamelin (premiere) (Pied Piper), Virginia Opera, 1998
Traveling (Richard Gordon, arr.) (Featured Soloist), Chautauqua Opera Cabaret, 1996

AWARDS
WINNER, THE AMERICAN PRIZE IN OPERA PERFORMANCE (2013)
The turn of the screw, Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre, The University of Iowa, 2012 (click HERE for more info)

SECOND PLACE, OPERA PRODUCTION COMPETION, NATIONAL OPERA ASSOCIATION (2011-2012) 
The turn of the screw, Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre, The University of Iowa, 2012 (click HERE for more info)

WINNER, OPERA PRODUCTION COMPETION, NATIONAL OPERA ASSOCIATION (2007-2008)
Susannah, Butler Opera Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 2008 (click HERE for more info)

∞Award Winning 
*Scene performed as part of a larger program 
†Scenes performed as part of a lecture series 
‡Staged concert or Semi-Staged opera performance
§Tour 
∂Young Artist performance

Ariadne auf Naxos

"The Strauss opera has a contemporary setting and plenty of bumptious humor...a sparkling opening night." 
The Star Tribune, Michael Anthony

"5 Stars."
Examiner.com, William Fietzer

"...the vision and execution were splendid."
The Twin-Cities Arts Reader, Basil Considine

Book

Current market forces in the performing arts, such as aging audiences, electronic media, and HD broadcasts, have changed the operatic landscape. Young opera singers entering the workforce find themselves navigating difficult and highly competitive waters. Previously ignored skill sets become assets and, in many cases, requirements in casting. But most singers graduate from college having never taken a formal acting class and knowing little about acting technique as it pertains to their craft. Singer and Actor demystifies theatrical acting technique stemming from Stanislavsky's Method of Physical Action and provides singers at all levels a roadmap with which to complete character preparation, using a clear and organized progression based on the work of Franchelle S. Dorn and exercises and examples (recitatives, arias, and ensembles). Singers (including choristers) are given the necessary tools to prepare auditions and inhabit a character from rehearsal to final performance. Singer and Actor also provides a history of acting from its beginnings to the present day, including a survey of acting techniques from Stanislavsky, Meisner, Hagen, Strasberg, Larry Moss, and others. Drawing additionally on the writings of composers and other creators of opera, the book deals with the misconception that only the singing matters in opera and includes a discussion of previous approaches to operatic acting. (Amadeus Press)

The turn of the screw

**Winner: The American Prize (The University of Iowa)

"...not only suitably creepy, but brilliantly done..."
The Pioneer Press, Rob Hubbard (The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra)

"...el director Alan E. Hicks logró la atmósfera que sobrecoge doblemente, tanto si se interpreta a los fantasmas como reales, como si se los ve como la proyección de la mente trastornada de la institutriz." 
El Nuevo Herald, Daniel Fernández (Miami Music Festival)

Teaching

AUDITION AND ROLE PREPARATION COACHING
Alan is now available for role and audition preparation in Chicago as well as various locations throughout the US. Please send him a message BELOW for an appointment.
Payments are accepted in cash, check, or credit card.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY/SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY
Guest Stage Director (2016, 2017)

MIAMI SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE/MIAMI OPERA INSTITUTE
Opera Faculty/Stage Director (2015, 2016)

GREEN MOUNTAIN OPERA FESTIVAL
Director, Emerging Artist Program (2014) 

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Visiting Assistant Professor, Stage Director, and Interim Director of the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre (2011-2012) 

Classes Taught: Opera Workshop, Special Topics in Vocal Performance (Planning for a Career in Opera), Stage Directing, Opera Theatre, Opera Chorus 

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Druid City Opera Workshop (2011 and 2012) 
Acting Teacher, Stage Director

Operatic Directing Workshop (2010) 

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Opera Workshop (2009-2010)
Classes Taught: Opera Workshop, Voice, Voice Class

CENTRAL CITY OPERA
Directing Staff and Director of Scenes for Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artist Program (2009) 

CHAUTAUQUA OPERA
Directing Staff and Director of Scenes for the Studio and Apprentice Artist Programs (2007, 2008, 2011) 

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Teaching Assistant (2006-2008)
Classes Taught: Acting for Singers I & II 

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS (NY)
Instructor, Musical Theatre (2003-2006)
Classes Taught: Musical Theatre, Vocal Production, Voice and Speech

ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL MFA PROGRAM, NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY (NY)
Adjunct Professor (2002-2004)
Classes Taught: Voice and Speech for the Stanislavski Actor

PRIVATE STUDIO FOR SINGERS
Voice teacher and repertiore coach (2003-2008)

PUBLICATIONS
SINGER AND ACTOR: ACTING TECHNIQUE AND THE OPERATIC PERFORMER
Amadeus Press (Hal Leonard Corporation), November 2011 (Click HERE to buy the paperback; click HERE for iBooks and HERE for Kindle)

CLASSICAL SINGER 
Article: “The 'Dos' and 'Don’ts' of YAP Auditioning.” Summer 2014 (Click HERE to read)

ONSTAGE AND BACKSTAGE (blog)
Blog entry: “Great Singers and Great Actors? Yes, please!” (Click HERE to read)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Doctoral lecture document: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer: A Synergy of Musical and Theatrical Artistry in a Changing Professional Environment, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2009

Doctoral thesis: The Creation of an Opera Scenes Program that Satisfies the Requirements of a Professional Young Artist Program, The University of Texas at Austin, April 2009 

MASTER CLASSES AND LECTURES
OPERA SANTA BARBARA
Master class given for the members of the Mosher Studio Artist (2015)

AUSTIN LYRIC OPERA
Guest lecturer: "Operatic America: Operatic Literature of the United States, Its History and Future, and Its Place in the Repertiore" (2008)

CENTRAL CITY OPERA
Pre-show lecture series: A little night music (2009)

OPERA IN THE OZARKS
Operatic acting master class (2010)

The rape of Lucretia

"Green Mountain’s big success was its Emerging Artist production, Alan Hicks’ absolutely brilliant production of Benjamin Britten’s tragic 'The Rape of Lucretia.'"

"...a powerful and deeply moving performance of a masterpiece."
Vermont Today and Times Argus (respectively), Jim Lowe

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Albert Herring

"El viernes 24, Albert Herring, de Britten hizo las delicias del público desde el inicio, pues el elenco, dirigido por Alan Hicks, supo sacar el fino humor británico que caracteriza la obra."
El Nuevo Herald, Daniel Fernández

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