Lauren Lenz

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The Pigeon Keeper
Production Stage Manager
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor


(She/Her) Lenz's passion for creating provocative and unique productions and her background in classical music has lead her to a career focusing on contemporary opera. As a director, she strives to create a collaborative atmosphere with performers, allowing them the freedom to bring their interpretations to the stage in a way that creates a seamless storytelling experience with other all characters while encouraging an inclusive approach to storytelling.
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Lauren Lenz

Lauren Lenz is an opera director, stage manager, and intimacy choreographer based in Detroit, MI. She is passionate about creating provocative and unique productions that are accessible to audiences of all kinds. Her background has led to an appreciation for contemporary opera and modern adaptations of classic works. Much of her experience has been working on site-specific productions and she strives to approach directing as a collaborative, consent-based practice. Ms. Lenz has done directing work with companies including Opera NexGen (Director, Cosi fan tutte, 2021), Pittsburgh Festival Opera (Assistant Director, Lysistrata, 2021 and Associate Director, Opera Without Walls, 2020), and Opera MODO (Assistant Director, Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, The Consul, Three Decembers, and more, 2017-2021.) She has performed stage management work for companies including Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Opera Omaha, Dayton Opera, Opera Steamboat, and more. Upcoming credits include directing work with Opera Orlando (Stage Director, The Secret River outreach performances) and Opera NexGen (Director, Orfeo ed Euridice) and stage management work at Opera Grand Rapids and Opera Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oakland University in 2016, was a Directing Young Artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera in 2020 and 2021, and has completed training in intimacy choreography through Theatrical Intimacy Education.

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