Laine Rettmer is an opera director and visual artist known for their dynamic and provocative stagings which frequently utilize video and cinematic strategies. Rettmer's Rape of Lucretia was praised as “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer, and her Macbeth, "so strong that perhaps for the first time, the how and where of the event receded into the background", by the New York Times.
Laine Rettmer is a visual artist and opera director. Rettmer’s work has been presented nationally and internationally at the Vizcaya Museum; Manifesta; MoMA Public, curated by Mel Logan and Jakob Boeskov; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum for the exhibition, Hot Steam; the Yuan Art Museum; NADA NY, NADA Presents; and AREA gallery, among others. Rettmer's opera productions have been praised as “wickedly smart” and “devastatingly funny” by The New York Times, and “not only profound but also shattering” by the Observer. Their Barber of Seville, was named one of the top 10 classical music productions of 2014 by the New York Times and La Bohème one of the best operas of the decade by the Observer. She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of On-Site Opera.
Rettmer has also worked extensively on new opera with such companies as New York City Opera, Ecce Ensemble, Guerrilla Opera, and Rhymes with Opera. Recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a MAP Fund grant for the collaborative opera, Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heat Wave, and being a resident artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Foundation on Long Island, and MassArt’s Brant Gallery among others.
In addition to teaching performance and digital media at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rettmer has served as a residential scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They hold a BFA in Stage Direction from NYU and MFA in Fine Art from SMFA Tufts.