Diane Paulus is a director of opera and theater. She was appointed the artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the first ART season under her direction will be 2009-2010. Recent theater work includes Hair at the Hirschfeld Theater on Broadway, and at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park for the Public Theater; Lost Highway, based on the David Lynch film, an English National Opera co-production with the Young Vic; Kiss Me Kate at Glimmerglass Opera; and Another Country by James Baldwin at Riverside Church, among several other projects. She directed the Obie award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist Running Man for Music-Theatre Group; and Swimming with Watermelons, created in association with Project 400, the theater company she co-founded with her husband Randy Weiner. She is the creator and director of The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway, and toured internationally to London, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Evian, France.
As an opera director, Paulus’ productions include Don Giovanni, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, Così fan Tutte, and all three Monteverdi operas, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo at Chicago Opera Theater. She is a frequent collaborator with British conductor Jane Glover. In 2002, their critically acclaimed production of Orfeo was presented as part of The Monteverdi Cycle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.
Paulus is the recipient of the Peters Ivers Visiting Artist Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Directing Fellowship from The Drama League.
Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts Program alumna Diane Paulus' ('97SOA) Broadway revival of "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" at the Hirschfeld Theater won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical in 2009.