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Rose Freeman

Stage Director


Rose Freeman is an award winning stage director, teacher, writer, and producer of theatre and opera. A Wolftrap Opera Directing Fellow in 2021, Freeman had the honor of working on Bologne de Saint-George’s L’Amant Anonyme and Holst’s Savitri and Viardot’s Cendrillon while also directing the studio artist scenes program at Wolf Trap Opera in 2020. Additional operatic stage direction credits include Strauss' Die Liebe Der Danae at Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Stravinsky’s L'Historie Du Soldat at Temple University, and Weber’s Der Freischütz. At Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, of which zie is a founding member, direction credits include Kamala Sankaram’s The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace, Juliet Palmer's Stitch, Daniel Crozier's With Blood With Ink, Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters, Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. World premieres include Elisabeth Rudolph’s Petticoats and Sliderules, Alexandra Enyart’s Witness, Evan Kassof’s Ganymede 5, and Eric McDonnell's Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris. 


Freeman has spoken at the National Opera Association in 2021, participated on the emerging artists panel during the 2011 Chicago Theatre Symposium, participated in the 2012 DirectorsLabChicago, and 2017 La MaMa Umbria Intl. Symposium for Directors. Freeman’s production of Stitch was named Best New Opera Production, and Third Eye Theatre Ensemble was nominated for Best Opera Company by the Chicago Reader in 2019, The Medium (2014) and Sumeida’s Song (2015) were both named top 5 operas by NewCity. Zie is a recipient of the National Opera Association's 2020 JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship.


Freeman received an MFA in Directing at Temple University through the inaugural Music Theatre Collaboration program and is developing a manual on acting strategies for operatic performance Freeman brings great innovation and diverse artistic background to her work having created national fine art shows for M Gallery of Fine Art, serving as managing producing director for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, working a stage manager for 10 years, and production managing a national tour for Feld Entertainment’s Monster Jam Monster Truck Show. 


Zie has directed many plays, space generated theatrical events, burlesque events, nationally touring hiphop concerts, and workshops of new musicals and operas. Freeman is on faculty at Temple University and University of the Arts and has been a teaching artist with the Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium and Columbia College Chicago. Zie is Member Emeritus for the DirectorsLabChicago Steering Committee. 

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