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Allegra Libonati

Allegra Libonati is a freelance director for Theater and opera.   She has worked the past nine years at the American Repertory Theater as Resident Director, she was the Assistant Director on the Tony Award Winning Broadway revival of Hair, and has directed for theater companies both nationally and internationally.   As a lover of music, circus, magic, dance, masks and puppets, she often incorporates these theatrical elements in her work.    

Her work comes in many shapes and sizes - from Shakespeare plays to musicals to family theater to opera to  immersive events.   

Her most recent Shakespeare production, Romeo and Juliet, played this summer in the Boston Common for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  The production was met with excellent reviews and played for audiences of up to 8,000 people per night.  She will be directing King Lear at the Hilberry Theatre in Detroit this spring. 

She has directed numerous musicals including My Fair Lady, South Pacific (9 Broadway World Nominations), Hairspray (10 Broadway World Nominations), Legally Blonde (12 Broadway World Nominations).  She currently has multiple new musicals in varying phases of development.  

She started the children's theater program at the American Repertory Theater where she developed, taught, and managed theater classes for ages 4-12, as well as devised and directed original family productions for the A.R.T. season.   Shows include The Snow Queen, which went on to be produced in multiple venues across the country, Hansel and Gretel, The Light Princess, which transferred to the New Victory Theater, NYC, and The Pirate Princess, a new musical based on Twelfth Night

This year in opera she directed Stravinsky's The Rakes Progress for the Boston Lyric Opera at the Cutler Magestic Theater.   A mash-up of opera, dance theater and magic, the opera took a bold new angle on the opera and was met with great reviews.  January, 2018 she will be headed to Opera Omaha to direct Verdi's Falstaff. 

Latest immersive projects include Peter Pan's Neverland, scheduled to tour Asia this spring.  This is an adventure show for families - part par cour challenge, part escape the room, part acrobatic show, part theater experience, families must work together with Peter Pan to save Neverland. 

Favorite plays directed include Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Big Love, The Illusion, Life's A Dream, The Island.

As Associate Director to Diane Paulus: Death and the Powers a Robot's Opera (Dallas Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, A.R.T. Monaco Opera)  Crossing: A New American Opera (Brooklyn Acadamy of Muisc, A.R.T.)  Prometheus Bound: A Dammed God in Chains (A.R.T.)  In the Body of the World by Eve Ensler (A.R.T.)  9 Years as Resident Director for The Donkey Show (Adrian Arscht Center, Miami, A.R.T.) 

As Associate Director to Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner: The Tempest (A.R.T., The Smith Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Southcoast Repertory Theater) 

Allegra guest teaches varying theater classes at Harvard University, MIT, Wayne State University, and Westfield State University.   She runs workshops and teaches classes in Commedia Dell' Arte, Directing, Devising, Shakespeare text work, audition preparation, Acting, Musical Theater, and Immersive Theater techniques.  She is a member of Tut Zanni Commedia Company and a graduate of the Academia Dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy.  She is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (BFA) and Carnegie Mellon University (MFA). 

Personal CV can be viewed here.