Cross-disciplinary director, designer BRIAN STAUFENBIEL has been Opera Parallèle’s Resident Concept and Stage Director since 2007. His adventurous stagecraft has won critical acclaim for the company's productions — among them the recent world premiere of the reorchestration of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby and the West Coast premiere of John Rea's reorchestration of Alban Berg's Wozzeck. His cross-disciplinary staging of Philip Glass' Orphée (2011) wove cirque acrobatics, kinetic staging, and floating film projections into a surrealistic tapestry. Recently he directed Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, Barber's Trouble in Tahiti and Schoënberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Staufenbiel has directed many world premiere including the final version of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar, Luciano Chessa's A Heavenly Act in collaboration with SanFrancisco/Museum of Modern Art, and Allen Shearer's The Dawn Makers. This coming season, he will be directing the American Premiere of Adam Gorb's Anya 17, Francis Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias, Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe. As guest director, Staufenbiel has worked with a variety of ensembles in Korea, Canada and the US.