"A production that was as near perfection as one could ever ask" - Broadway World
Audrey Chait is a director, writer, and producer specializing in opera and multi-disciplinary performance art.
Ms. Chait's 2019-2020 season includes The Bartered Bride at CCM, La fille du régiment at Winter Opera St. Louis, and the American
premiere of Andrew Staniland's Dark Star Requiem at CCM. Two other productions, the world premiere of Marie Begins at Westminster Choir College, and The Magic Flute at Opera Las Vegas, were both cancelled due to COVID-19. Ms. Chait also joined the faculty of Northern Kentucky University in fall 2019. This summer, she joins the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco.
Previous directing credits include Bolcom's Dinner at Eight, and the Bach St. John Passion, both at CCM, Scalia/Ginsburg with Opera North, The Magic Flute (Outreach Tour) at Kentucky Opera, and La cenerentola at Opera Las Vegas. Her production of L’elisir d’amore at Winter Opera St. Louis in 2018 was nominated for a St. Louis Theater Critics Circle Award. Ms. Chait’s assistant director credits include Santa Fe Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Carnegie Hall, Portland Opera, and Opera Colorado.
In her prior career as a producer and stage manager, Ms. Chait specialized in large-scale site-specific theatrical projects, including several collaborations with On Site Opera: at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Cotton Club, and the Fabbri Mansion. She also oversaw a multi-venue TEDx conference produced at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As an administrator, she worked for two years at the Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at the Juilliard School.
Ms. Chait holds a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University, where she studied playwriting and performance art with Erik Ehn. While at Brown, she was selected to travel to Berlin to meet with students in Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In 2009, she directed her first opera and never looked back.
Her writing (fiction, poetry, and plays) tends toward magical realism, broad comedy, and often incorporates operatic elements in both style and content.
Audrey is a recipient of the National Opera Association's 2019 JoElyn Wakefield Wright Stage Director Fellowship - read more here
Merola Opera Program
July 2020 (online training activities looking forward to rescheduled season in 2021)