RHODA LEVINE (Stage Director) has worked as director/choreographer on and off-Broadway, in London's West End and for both CBS and NET television. On Broadway, she choreographed and staged the musical numbers for Pantagleize, Exit the King, War and Peace, The Grass Harp, The Sign in Sidney, Brustein's Window, Baby Wants a Kiss, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Young Abe Lincoln, Lock Up Your Daughters, and Gianni Schicci (for the National Theatre of the Deaf). In the West End, Levine staged the musical numbers for Charles Strouse's Flowers for Algernon and the revue, Here is the News.
Levine choreographed for the Metropolitan Opera National Company. For television, she did all the musical staging for DuPont's Show of the Month. She assisted Joe Layton on The Gershwin Years. Among operas directed were Der Kaiser von Atlantis (world premiere); From the House of the Dead; Macbeth; Orpheo; The Good Soldier Schweik; Lulu; Of Mice and Men; Marriage of Figaro and Love for Three Oranges all for the Netherlands Opera. For Belgium's Theatre de la Monnaie, she directed the world premiere of Where the Wild Things Are; Albert Herring; La fille de Madame Angot; Il mondo della luna and Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Levine has also directed at the Edinburgh Festival, the Spoleto Festival (Italy/U.S.A), the Jerusalem Festival, the Festival Cervantino (Mexico) and the Scottish Opera. Among her credits in the U.S.A. is the NYC Opera, Die Soldaten (New York premiere), From the House of the Dead (New York premiere), Of Mice and Men, Mathis der Maler (New York Premiere), Lizzie Borden (PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES), Little Women (New York Premiere) and The Life and Times of Malcom X (World Premiere). She initiated many of these works at the Glimmerglass Opera. Levine directed the South African premiere of Porgy and Bess when Nelson Mandela became president. She has been Creative Consultant to Doris Lessing and Philip Glass on The Representative and for Anthony Davis on The Life and Times of Malcom X. Most recently, she was Creative Consultant and director on Waconda's Dream for Opera Omaha, working with Anthony Davis and his librettist.
Levine is also the author of eight children's books, two of which were illustrated by Edward Gorey. Three Ladies Beside the Sea will be republished by The New York Review of Books in June, 2010. She has also written a piece with Luciano Berio, Opus Number Zoo. Levine has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama, Juilliard School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes School of Music. Along with Philip Glass and George Abbott, she has won an award from the National Opera Association. She was awarded a peace medal from the Lakota Tribe for her contribution to Waconda's Dream. She is the director of PLAY IT BY EAR, New York City's only improvisational opera group. Her most recent credits include stage director and teacher for the Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA, and director of Language Instruction by Derek Bermel at Cutting Edge Concerts at Symphony Space.