For the past ten years Jay Scheib has been directing and designing plays, operas and hybrid performance works throughout Europe and the United States. Recent works include a new staging of Beethoven's Fidelio at the Saarländische Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and Brecht's Puntila und sein Knecht Matti at Theater Augsburg in Germany. Bellona, Destroyer of Cities premiered at The Kitchen in New York and will be presented at the Exit Festival, Maison des Arts, Cretéil (Paris), followed by a run at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Other recent works include Untitled Mars (This Title May Change), premiered at Performance Space 122 in New York followed by its European premiere at the National Theatre in Budapest, Hungary. Untitled Mars received an Obie Award for Scenic Design. Scheib's live-cinema adaptation of the works of Antonioni, titled, This Place is a Desert, premiered at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art followed by a sold-out run at the Public Theater in New York as part of the Under the Radar Festival. This Place is a Desert was named one of the Ten Best Shows of 2008 by Time Out New York. Concurrent with these productions, Scheib’s evening of songs, Addicted to Bad Ideas, Peter Lorre's 20th Century, made with punk ensemble World/Inferno Friendship Society, toured to numerous venues around the world, including Spoleto Festival USA, Peak Performances in Montclair, Urban Festival in Helsinki, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Other international works include the world premiere of Irene Popovic’s opera Mozart Luster Lustik in Belgrade, Serbia, Lothar Trolle’s Ein Vormittag in der Freitheit at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin and a new staging of the Novoflot science fiction opera saga Kommander Kobayashi in Saarbruecken, Germany. In the Spring of 2009, Scheib was listed Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York, and American Theater Magazine called him one of twenty-five theater artists shaping the next twenty five years of American theater. Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Scheib earned his MFA at Columbia University School of the Arts and is recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, and the NEA/TCG Program for Directors. He is a regular guest professor at both the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Norwegian Theater Academy, in Norway. Scheib is an Associate Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bellona, Destroyer of Cities
Jay Scheib, named one of 25 artists who will shape the next 25 years of theater by American Theater Magazine, returns to the ICA stage ....▶
Untitled Mars (This Title May Change)
Taking a cue from the space industry, Jay Scheib pits hard Science against Philip K. Dick in his unpredictable and explosive "antic play—half lab-rat experiment and half sex farce" (The New Yorker) ....▶