May 22, 2019

Kelly Robinson to direct Manitoba Opera’s Susannah

Award-winning director, dramaturge and choreographer Kelly Robinson has been secured as the director of Manitoba Opera’s premiere of Susannah which opens the 2019/20 season this November. He last directed for the company in the 1990’s when he was at the helm of The Marriage of Figaro (1992), The Dialogues of the Carmelites (1993), The Pearl Fishers (1994), and The Turn of the Screw (1998).

With a career that spans theatre, opera, and film, Kelly’s work has been seen at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the National Arts Centre, CanStage, the Palace Theatre in New York, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centre, Theatre Royal in Plymouth, England, and in London’s West End. His work in opera includes the companies of Vancouver, Calgary, Portland, Dallas, Minnesota, Montreal and Québec City. Film and television credits include choreography for Columbia Pictures, CBC, NBC, and ABC Television.

Recent work as a director includes the world premiere of the dance musical, VIDA! for The Luminato Festival and Mirvish Productions at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, The Inventor for Calgary Opera, High Society for the Shaw Festival, Guys And Dolls for the Stratford Festival, and Dead Man Walking for Calgary Opera. Kelly’s production of Evita broke the record for highest tickets sales in Vancouver Opera’s history; his West Side Story at Stratford and High Society at Shaw both set new attendance records as well.

He is a former artistic and executive director of theatre arts for The Banff Centre. Kelly holds a law degree from York University, and continues as Director of New Work Development for Toronto’s Mirvish Productions.

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