Keturah Stickann

Keturah Stickann’s directing and choreographic credits include Turandot (San Diego Opera), L’Orfeo ed Euridice (Florida Grand Opera), Norma (Opera Southwest), Seven Deadly Sins/Pagliacci (Virginia Opera),  Macbeth (Kentucky Opera),  Don Quichotte (San Diego Opera),  La Traviata (Chautauqua Opera), Orpheus and Euridice (Vermont Opera Project), Flight (Opera Fayetteville), Don Giovanni (Janiec Opera Company, Virginia Opera), Rigoletto (Opera Memphis, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera), The Tales of Hoffman (Knoxville Opera), Manon (Knoxville Opera), Don Pasquale (Opera in the Heights), La tragédie de Carmen (Janiec Opera Company), Madama Butterfly (Opera Santa Barbara), La clemenza di Tito (Opera in the Heights), L’Enfant et les sortilèges & Bon Appetit (Emerald City Opera), The Pearl Fishers (Sarasota Opera), Peter Grimes (San Diego Opera), Orfeo (Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera), The Old Maid and the Thief (Emerald City Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Portland Opera), and Le nozze di Figaro (Emerald City Opera, Opera Pacific).  Ms Stickann is a frequent collaborator with theater and opera director, Leonard Foglia.  She was his choreographer and movement director for the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick in Dallas in 2010, and traveled with the production to the Calgary Opera, State Opera of South Australia, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera (where her work was filmed for a DVD produced by PBS’ Great Performances), Washington National Opera,  and LA Opera, and was the revival director for its return to Dallas Opera.  Also for Mr. Foglia, she is the choreographer of the Heggie/Scheer premiere of It’s A Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera, the assistant director and choreographer for the mariachi opera: Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, which premiered at Houston Grand Opera, and went on to Le Théâtre du Châtelet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, and the Arizona Opera. She was also the assistant director with Mr. Foglia for his new opera (composed by Ricky Ian Gordon), A Coffin in Egypt, with Frederica von Stade, for Cold Mountain (composed by Jennifer Higdon) that premiered in Santa Fe in 2015, and for the national tour of Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy (also filmed by PBS for a broadcast of Great Performances).  In 2012, Ms. Stickann toured to Japan and Chile as the associate director for Michael Hampe’s production of Tannhäuser, and before that she assisted and choreographed for Lillian Groag, Lotfi Mansouri, Sean Curran, John Copley, Mark Lamos, Michael Gieleta, Lawrence Edelson, and Harry Silverstein, among others. New productions she has helped bring to stage include Orphée, Samson et Dalila, Agrippina, Rigoletto, La fanciulla del West, Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana. La rondine, Maria Stuarda, Acis & Galatea, Pirates of Penzance, Otello, Three Decembers, Hydrogen Jukebox,and The Good Soldier Schweik. Her collaboration with director, Elise Sandell, on their production of Einstein on the Beach was chosen as a finalist for the inaugural Director/Designer Showcase with Opera America in 2009.

Trained as a classical and contemporary dancer, Ms. Stickann was a performer with Cerulean Dance Theatre, Malashock Dance, The Wally Cardona Quartet, Colleen Halloran Dance, SCW/The Group and Danny Grossman and Dancers.  With Malashock dance, she starred in two dance films shot in conjunction with UCSD-TV (Love & Murder and The Soul of Saturday Night), both of which went on to win a regional Emmy award for Best Arts and Entertainment Program.  Following this success, Ms. Stickann traveled to Hungary in 2006 to shoot a one-woman dance video on the streets of Budapest.  Utazo went on to play in film festivals around the country.  In addition, she’s captained and been a principal dancer for Chicago Opera Theater, working with choreographer Daniel Pelzig on Death in Venice and Akhnaten, with which she also traveled to the Opera National Du Rhin in Strasbourg, France.  She was also the assistant choreographer and principal dancer for the Andrew Sinclair/Zandra Rhodes production of The Pearl Fishers which premiered at San Diego Opera, then traveled to Michigan Opera Theater, and New York City Opera.

Because of her background as a dancer, Ms. Stickann a sought-after movement and acting coach for young singers and actors.  She’s trained and coached performers at The Brevard Music Center, The La Jolla Playhouse Theater Conservatory, The San Diego Opera Summer Singers Workshop, the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, Emerald City Opera, Stephen’s College, and DePaul University, among others.  Michael Heaston, former director of the Young American Artists’ Program at the Glimmerglass Festival has said of Keturah’s coaching work, “Every recital she touches turns to gold.”

Born and raised in the Midwest, Ms. Stickann studied ballet and theater at Stephens College while still in high school, and spent her summers at DanceAspen, The State Ballet of Missouri and the prestigious Rep/Etudes Project at Jacob’s Pillow.  She received her B.A. in dance education and choreography from Columbia College Chicago, and was a 1997 nominee for the Princess Grace Award for excellence in the arts.

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