Ellen Jackson is an opera and theatre director based in the US. In the 2018-2019 season, she joins Westminster Opera Theatre to direct a program of contemporary American opera, including Mazzoli + Campbell’s A FLOURISH OF GREEN, Adamo’s AVOW, Weiss + De Los Santos’ SERVICE PROVIDER, and Bernstein’s TROUBLE IN TAHITI. She made her Opera Delaware debut, directing MAKE A SCENE, a devised game-show featuring excerpts from the inherited repertoire, Opera Delaware’s Young Artists, and a participatory audience. She served as assistant director to Fenlon Lamb for Arizona Opera’s new production of CHARLIE PARKER’S YARDBIRD, and continued her relationship with Metropolis Opera Project, directing THE AIRS REMAIN, a recital for soprano Megan Nielson featuring Strauss’ Four Last Songs and works by Cesti, Resphighi, Chaminade, and Lori Laitman, with performances in NYC and Houston.
In the summer of 2019, Ellen will return to the Glimmerglass Festival as assistant director for the world premiere of BLUE, by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson. She previously joined the Glimmerglass Festival in 2018, where she assisted Tomer Zvulun on Puts + Campbell’s SILENT NIGHT, and Francesca Zambello on BEYOND LIBERTY, a new staged work starring Thomas Hampson, written by Royce Vavrek. While at Glimmerglass, Ellen also directed a staged reading of Stravinsky’s A SOLDIER’S TALE, as well as concerts for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ellen will assist E. Loren Meeker on a new production of TOSCA at Opera San Antonio before joining The Atlanta Opera Studio as stage-director-in-residence