Michael Rau, a theater director specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera. His work explores the problematic relationship between image, music and text. Since 2008 he has been working internationally in Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Greece. He recently made his German language directing premiere at Theater Bielefeld. He has also created work in New York City at PS122, The Culture Project, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59, 3LD and Dixon Place. He has directed productions regionally in Chicago and Cleveland, and was a guest artist at Wesleyan University in 2011. He has developed and directed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Lark and New York Theater Workshop. His recent work includes his work included <em>Machinal</em> at the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory, restaging <em>Aida </em>at Opera Santa Barbara, and creating three new productions, a performance piece based on German Lieder, a staging of contemporary poems by Erica Wright, and nouveaux circus staging of Sherry Kramer’s <em>David’s</em> <em>Redhaired Death</em>.
Upcoming projects include: A residency at EMERGE to develop “The Problems of Human Motion,” a video/dance/theater piece based on the photography of Edward Muybridge. Playwright's Lab at Hollins in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre offers this guest speakers series. All the talks are free and open to the public, hosted on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre, 20 Church Avenue, S.E., downtown Roanoke. (http://www.millmountain.org).