R Lee (Rebecca) Kratzer

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(She/Her) R. Lee Kratzer is a New York-based theatre and opera director who makes work at the intersection of opera, music, dance, and theatre through an artistic practice rooted in collaboration, joy, and ritual. As a cultural practitioner who empowers free expression, Rebecca creates healthy spaces that cultivate the creativity and confidence of her colleagues to challenge norms and initiate change. 
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Opera Saratoga

2020 - 2021
Saratoga Springs, NY

Directing Fellow

2020 - 2021

Helios Opera

2020 - 2022

Resident Director

2020 - 2022
Boston, MA

Artistic & Stage Director

2016 - 2018
Rebecca formerly served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project. She produced and directed opera in Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, including Mozart's Don Giovanni (June 2018), Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio (June 2017), and Rossini’s La Cenerentola (June 2016). She also assistant stage directed and fight choreographed Puccini’s La Bohème (June 2015) and served as the program and stage director for NEMPAC’s Summer Children’s Musical Theater during the summer of 2014.


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R Lee (Rebecca) Kratzer

R. Lee Kratzer (she/her) is a New York-based director who makes work that sits at the intersection of opera, music, dance, and theatre. She works across and through mediums in opera, ancient, classical, and early modern theatre, new writing, dance theatre, and musical theatre to develop new work, dismantle notions of genre, and interrogate the canon. She stages pieces that weren’t meant to be staged, such as oratorios or chamber music, and combines voices that we might not think to pair together. Working with the elements of time and space, we can recognize and rectify— through beauty, wonder, humor, and horror—wrongs that have been done or histories that have been warped and make our imaginations legible for audiences.

She’s directed at the City Lyric Opera, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Opera Saratoga, Opera del West, The Tank, Longy School of Music, Theatre Row, Rutgers University, Montclair State, Emerson Stage, Fordham University, The Footlight Club, and Columbia University. Rebecca formerly served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project in Boston, where she directed La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni, and Fidelio. Rebecca has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Dave Malloy, Isaac Oliver, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, Hermès, The New York Times, Big Dance Theatre, BAM, and The Bushwick Starr. SDC Associate Member; MFA: Columbia. www.rebeccamillerkratzer.com