A 2011/12 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner for best Direction, 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 the season opener for New York City Opera of Thomas Adès’ opera “Powder her Face” which played to great acclaim at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2013 followed by performances as part of the Festival d’opéra de Québec in Canada.
Other recent works for the stage have included a new contemporary ballet collaboration with choreographer Yin Mei and the Hong Kong Dance Company titled “Seven Sages,” which premiered in March 2012; a new staging of Fassbinder’s controversial play “Garbage, the City and Death” with the Norwegian Theater Academy in Oslo, Norway; and Scheib’s own original Fassbinder adaptation “World of Wires” which premiered at The Kitchen in New York City for which Scheib was awarded a 2012 OBIE Award for Best Direction. Subsequent performances of “World of Wires” included presentations in Krakow Poland as part of the KRT Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Lieu Unique in Nantes, and Festival d’Automne in Paris at the Maison des Arts Cretéil (MAC), France. Also having toured in France and Boston was the recent adaptation of Samuel R. Delany’s novel Dhalgren, titled “Bellona, Destroyer of Cities,” which played the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the MAC Exit Festival in Paris, following its premiere at the Kitchen.
As a frequent director of operas and works for music theater Scheib staged Evan Ziporyn’s “A House in Bali,” as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival 2010; Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Saarländisches Staatstheater; and an original collaboration with punk band World Inferno titled “Addicted to Bad Ideas,” and toured eight cities internationally.
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 MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG fellowship, an OBIE Award for Best Direction and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the Program in Theater Arts.
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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