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Jay Scheib

2011 Guggenheim Fellow and 2012 OBIE Award Winner for Direction of “World of Wires”

born in 1969 in Shenandoah, Iowa
AB Summa Cum Laude University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN
MFA Columbia University School of the Arts, New York City


A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. Internationally known for works of daring physicality, genre-defying performances and deep integration of new (and used) technologies, Scheib’s productions include his original Fassbinder adaptation “World of Wires,” which premiered earlier this year at The Kitchen in New York and will be presented in the fall of 2012 at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Lieu Unique in Nantes France, and Festival d’Automne in Paris at the Maison des Arts Cretéil. Other recent productions include “Bellona, Destroyer of Cities,” which played at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the MAC Exit Festival in Paris, following its premiere at the Kitchen. Other recent works include Evan Ziporyn’s “A House in Bali,” as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival 2010; Beethoven's “Fidelio” at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. Named Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York in 2009, and one of the 25 theater artists who will shape the next 25 years of American theater, by American Theater Magazine, Scheib is a recipient of the Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, and a National Endowement for the Arts/TCG fellowship. He is Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Born in Shenandoah Iowa, Scheib’s recent productions include a new ballet theater collaboration with choreographer Yin Mei and the Hong Kong Dance Company titled “Seven Sages,” which premiered in March 2012 followed by a new staging of Fassbinder’s controversial play “Garbage, the City and Death” with the Norwegian Theater Academy in Oslo, Norway.

Upcoming next season will be a new staging for New York City Opera of Thomas Adès’ opera about the Duchess of Argyll, “Powder her Face,” which will premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2013.

World of Wires opened with one of the most thrillingly witty displays of illusion I've ever seen on a stage or a screen — a genuine challenge to one's fixed notion of reality — and then barreled through another 90 minutes of riveting near anarchy. I'm hereby sending a brain transmission out to some Off Broadway/nonprofit Morpheus: Please, reboot this soon. — Scott Brown - New York Magazine

For the interdisciplinary auteur Jay Scheib mixing media is as much a socio-philosophical statement as an aesthetic one. His “World of Wires” has equal measures of wonder and anxiety (and, thank heaven, a sense of humor).
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Scheib’s brand of theater always seems to be ahead of everybody else.
- Tom Murrin, PAPER

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