Director David Paul has directed plays and operas throughout the United States and abroad, including recent productions at Washington National Opera ("An American Soldier" - world premiere), North Carolina Opera ("Aida," "Il trovatore"), Washington's Shakespeare Theater Company ("Julius Caesar"), and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara ("The Rake's Progress," "The Magic Flute," "Carmen"). Other directing credits include the Juilliard School, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, Tel Aviv Summer Opera Festival, Ash Lawn Opera, Westminster Choir College, and Columbia University, among others. On Broadway, he served as assistant director for Terrance McNally's "Master Class," featuring Tyne Daly. In addition to directing, he has devised original productions at Perseverance Theatre of Alaska and Columbia University, and co-curated "The Romeo and Juliet Project," a unique retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy through theater, opera, and dance that celebrated its premiere in Chautauqua, NY in 2013. Paul has served on the artistic staff for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Metropolitan Opera, where he continues to teach in the Lindemann Young Artist Program, and is a faculty member at The Juilliard School and Columbia University. He has coached and given master classes in Israel, Belgium, Germany, China, and Japan. David Paul is a graduate of Columbia University and a native of Hamburg, Germany.