Sam Brown, Direction
Sam Brown, born 1982, is a stage director based in London. He read Classics at Oxford and completed the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College, London. He was assistant director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and staff director for Opera North. In 2011 with designer Annemarie Woods he won two prestigious international opera awards: the European Opera Directing Prize and the Ring Award in Graz where they won all available prizes. It was only the second time a director from the English-speaking world had won either of these competitions, and the first time anyone had ever won both.
He made his opera directing debut at the Bavarian State Opera with the Kinderoper Sigurd the Dragonslayer by Andy Pape and his opera directing credits include: Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm (English National Opera), I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Teatro Sociale di Como, AsLiCo), Der Zigeunerbaron (Stadttheater Klagenfurt), The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit und The Triumph of Time and Truth (Händelfestspiele at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), La Cenerentola (Luzerner Theater), Donizetti’s La Favorite (Opera Graz), Alcina (Staatstheater Cottbus), Hair (Staatstheater Darmstadt), My Fair Lady (Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe) and The Barber of Seville (Welsh National Opera). For the Opéra National de Lorraine he directed the world premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry (Opera Now Magazine Premiere of the Year: 12/13 season) and Candide by Leonard Bernstein. In December 2013 he was profiled by Opera Magazine.
As a theatre director his credits include: Magpie Park, a new play on commission by Oliver Emanuel (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Over Gardens Out by Peter Gill (Riverside Studios, London), and Lungs (Atmen) by Duncan Macmillan (Schauspielhaus Graz). He co-wrote the libretto for The Water Palace by Stephen Shulman (Tete a Tete Opera Festival), which he also directed. In 2016-17 he directs A Midsummer Nights Dream at Theater Trier and is under commission by The Grange Festival to write a libretto for Elena Langer: Trotsky and Kahlo.