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John Giampietro
Co-Head of Opera, Lecturer

John Giampietro is a Stage Director of Opera and Theatre, an educator, and writer. Born in Philadelphia, John lives in Brooklyn, NY. His numerous directing credits include the NY Times acclaimed production of Year of the Rooster by Olivia Dufault at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other opera and theatre productions have been seen at The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Vermont Shakespeare Festival, Curtis Institute of Music, Yale Opera at Yale School of Music, The Flea Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, among others.

In addition to co-head of Opera at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, John is a faculty member and resident stage director for the Voice Program at The Chautauqua Institution School of Music.

John is also a faculty member of the Vocal Arts department at The Juilliard School where he is an acting teacher and has directed several productions at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At Juilliard, he and his colleagues created and developed one of the first 4-year acting curriculums for undergraduate opera singers. John has also taught at the Graduate Vocal Arts program at Bard Conservatory and Hofstra University.

John is a lifetime member-artist of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. At EST he is a frequent director with the Obie-award-winning writers’ group, Youngblood.

John’s writings include a new version of Mozart’s The Impresario and a new English dialogue version of Die Zauberflöte. His plays include Strength of God and other grotesques based on Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, The Immolation of Kathy Chang(e), and Versailles.