Joshua May, stage director

Joshua May, stage director, has directed productions, workshops, and scenes programs across the United States. His productions have incorporated innovative digital projection, interactive audience experiences, and sensory friendly adaptations. His recent directing credits include mainstage and outreach productions of Amahl & the Night Visitors (Menotti), Alcina (Handel), Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck), Little Red Riding Hood (Barab), Billy Goats Gruff (Davies), Three Little Pigs (Davies), and Captain Lovelock (Duke). He has directed opera productions of Cendrillon (Viardot), Speed Dating Tonight! (Ching), and The Light in the Piazza (Guettel) at Columbus State University. He is a 2019/2020 national finalist for the Charles Nelson Reilly Prize for Stage Directors in both opera and musical theatre from the American Prize. He has upcoming projects as a director in the 2020 Festival Season for Music on Site, Inc. and a new digital projection immersive production experience of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Virginia in 2021.

 

He was a resident artist with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, where he served as an assistant director for their production of The Valkyrie from Johnathan Dove's English adaptation of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle. He was also an associate director for the world premiere of an opera set to the life story and music of Puccini, Scandals. He served as a faculty artist in the opera directing program with the Druid City Opera Workshop at the University of Alabama and as an opera directing fellow at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

 

Dr. May is an Assistant Professor of Voice & Opera Director at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Schwob Opera Theatre was selected as a national finalist for the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. The opera program's 2019 production of Cendrillon was selected as a national semi-finalist for the American Prize. In addition, the 2019 production of Speed Dating Tonight! was selected as a national finalist for the American Prize. Dr. May also created and developed the Schwob Opera Outreach program, which has produced touring performance and educational productions for elementary school students across the community in Columbus, GA.

The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020
The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020

Photo Credits Darrell Roaden & Christopher Head

The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020
The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020

Photo Credits Darrell Roaden & Christopher Head

The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020
The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020

The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020
The Light in the Piazza Schwob School of Music 2020

Photo Credits Darrell Roaden & Christopher Head

1/30

The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel

Schwob School of Music

Columbus State University

Stage Director

Captain Lovelock by John Duke University of Michigan-Flint
Captain Lovelock by John Duke University of Michigan-Flint

Photo Credit Jennifer Prouty

Captain Lovelock
Captain Lovelock

Captain Lovelock
Captain Lovelock

Captain Lovelock by John Duke University of Michigan-Flint
Captain Lovelock by John Duke University of Michigan-Flint

Photo Credit Jennifer Prouty

1/9

Captain Lovelock by John Duke

University of Michigan-Flint

Stage Director

Alcina
Alcina

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2018

Alcina
Alcina

Alcina
Alcina

Alcina
Alcina

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2018

1/14

Alcina by Handel

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

Assistant Stage Director

Speed Dating Tonight!
Speed Dating Tonight!

Schwob School of Music

Speed Dating Tonight!
Speed Dating Tonight!

Speed Dating Tonight!
Speed Dating Tonight!

Speed Dating Tonight!
Speed Dating Tonight!

Schwob School of Music

1/5

Speed Dating Tonight! by Ching & Anthony

Schwob School of Music

Columbus State University

 Stage Director

Little Red Riding Hood University of Michigan-Flint 2018
Little Red Riding Hood University of Michigan-Flint 2018

Photos by Jennifer Prouty

Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.27.06 AM
Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 10.27.06 AM

Little Red Riding Hood University of Michigan-Flint 2018
Little Red Riding Hood University of Michigan-Flint 2018

Photos by Jennifer Prouty

1/9

Little Red Riding Hood by Barab

University of Michigan-Flint

Stage Director

Hansel & Gretel University of Michigan-Flint
Hansel & Gretel University of Michigan-Flint

Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel University of Michigan-Flint
Hansel & Gretel University of Michigan-Flint

1/13

Hansel & Gretel by E. Humperdinck

University of Michigan-Flint

Stage Director

The Valkyrie Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019
The Valkyrie Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019

Photo Credit Josh Brown

The Valkyrie 2019
The Valkyrie 2019

The Valkyrie 2019
The Valkyrie 2019

The Valkyrie Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019
The Valkyrie Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019

Photo Credit Josh Brown

1/10

The Valkyrie by Dove/Wagner

Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Assistant Stage Director

Cendrillon
Cendrillon

Schwob School of Music Photo Credit: Bryan Canonigo

Cendrillon
Cendrillon

Cendrillon
Cendrillon

Cendrillon
Cendrillon

Schwob School of Music Photo Credit: Bryan Canonigo

1/17

Cendrillon by Viardot

Schwob School of Music

Columbus State University

 Stage Director

Amahl & the Night Visitors
Amahl & the Night Visitors

Music On Site, Inc. 2019

Amahl & the Night Visitors
Amahl & the Night Visitors

Music On Site, Inc. 2019

Amahl & the Night Visitors
Amahl & the Night Visitors

Amahl & the Night Visitors
Amahl & the Night Visitors

Music On Site, Inc. 2019

1/12

Amahl & the Night Visitors by Menotti

Music On Site, Inc.

 Stage Director

Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019
Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019

Photo Credit Victoria Bails

Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019
Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019

Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019
Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019

Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019
Scandals Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2019

Photo Credit Victoria Bails

1/16

Scandals (Puccini, Eaton)

Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Associate Stage Director

Jack and the Beanstalk Outreach Tour
Jack and the Beanstalk Outreach Tour

University of Michigan-Flint

Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk

Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pigs

Jack and the Beanstalk Outreach Tour
Jack and the Beanstalk Outreach Tour

University of Michigan-Flint

1/17

Opera Outreach Productions

Stage Director