Determined Women: Nancy Rhodes


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Hosted by Coni Koepfinger and Christy Donahue: Nancy Rhodes (Stage Director, writer, and educator) stages a wide range of musicals, operas and plays in the U.S.A, Europe and Asia. She directed The Astronaut’s Tale at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher; staged the world premiere of Tartuffe for San Francisco Opera, and Virgil Thomson’s opera Lord Byron at Alice Tully Hall.
As Artistic Director & co-founder of Encompass Theatre, specializing in new music drama & American opera, she staged over 65 works including Gertrude Stein/Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All, (about Susan B. Anthony), Blitzstein’s Regina, Britten’s Phaedra, and Only Heaven by Ricky Ian Gordon and Langston Hughes. Her production of The Diary of Anne Frank was nominated for an Artistic Achievement Award and played to over four thousand people on tour at Cleveland Opera. She recently directed the world premiere of Anna Christie, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Eugene O'Neill; and the Cast Album was released by Broadway Records in 2019, and reached #6 on the Billboard charts.
Internationally, she directed Death In Venice (Stockholm), Carmen (Oslo), Happy End (Finland), Kiss Me Kate (Ankara, filmed for TV), West Side Story (Istanbul), and Eccentrics, Outcasts and Visionaries for the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), and the first American musicals ever staged in the country of Albania. At Encompass, she launched Paradigm Shifts, Music and Film Festival, to celebrate courageous people around the world protecting our planet, oceans, and wildlife, and in 2017, Paradigm Shifts was presented in Seoul, Korea.
As Vice President/U.S. Delegate to the International Theatre Institute, Rhodes conducted workshops and served as a guest speaker in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Venezuela, Argentina, Korea, Holland, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Estonia. She taught Acting for Singers at Manhattan School of Music for 12 years and is the commissioned librettist of The Theory of Everything, inspired by physics’ string theory of multiple dimensions and alternate universes.

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