photo: harrisRachel Harris

Introduction to Stage Techniques


Dr. Rachel M. Harris is a national and international free-lance opera director based in Baton Rouge, LA. She began her directing career in 1997 working with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Dr. Harris holds a DMA from Louisiana State University, a BM in Vocal Performance from Fredonia State University and a MM in Opera from Binghamton University in conjunction with the Tri-Cities Opera Artist Residence Training Program. In addition to her work as an Instructor of Introduction to Stage Techniques for Louisiana State University, Dr. Harris is the Guest Artist Stage Director for Southeastern Louisiana State University and a past Guest Artist Director for the University of Utah, Logan.  Her free-lance credits include: The Varna International Opera Academy, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria; Opera Louisiane, Baton Rouge, LA; Druid City Opera Workshop, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and the Raven Summer Opera, Sam Houston State, Huntsville, TX. Among her credits are: Mozart’s, The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte; Copland’s, The Tender Land; Offenbach’s, La Perichole, Weill’s, Street Scene; Puccini’s, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and La Rondine; and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, and Ruddigore. Dr. Harris has received the New Orleans Tribute to the Classical Arts’ 2009 Creative Achievement in Opera award for Stage Direction in Southeastern Louisiana University’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

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