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Birth Place: Shenandoah, IA

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Jay Scheib. A 2011/12 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner for best Direction, Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. Internationally known for works of daring physicality, genre-defying performances and deep integration of new (and used) technologies, Scheib’s productions include the season opener for New York City Opera of Thomas Adès’ “Powder her Face” which played to great acclaim at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2013 followed by performances as part of the Festival d’opéra de Québec in Canada. Other recent works for the stage have included a new contemporary ballet collaboration with choreographer Yin Mei and the Hong Kong Dance Company titled “Seven Sages,” which premiered in March 2012; a new staging of Fassbinder’s controversial play “Garbage, the City and Death” with the Norwegian Theater Academy in Oslo, Norway; and Scheib’s own original Fassbinder adaptation “World of Wires” which premiered at The Kitchen in New York City for which Scheib was awarded a 2012 OBIE Award for Best Direction. Subsequent performances of “World of Wires” included presentations in Krakow Poland as part of the KRT Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Lieu Unique in Nantes, and Festival d’Automne in Paris at the Maison des Arts Cretéil (MAC), France. Also having premiered at The Kitchen followed by tour dates in France and Boston was Scheib’s adaptation of Samuel R. Delany’s novel “Dhalgren,” titled “Bellona, Destroyer of Cities.” A frequent director and librettist of operas and works for music theater Scheib staged Evan Ziporyn’s “A House in Bali,” as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival 2010; Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Saarländisches Staatstheater; and an original collaboration with punk band World Inferno titled “Addicted to Bad Ideas,” and toured eight cities internationally.

Named Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York in 2009, and one of the 25 theater artists who will shape the next 25 years of American theater, by American Theater Magazine, Scheib is a recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG fellowship and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

Upcoming productions include a new live cinema performance at the Kitchen titled "Platonov, or the Disinherited." Each night, "Platonov" is shot, mixed, and broadcast live to BAM Rose Cinema and AMC Empire in Times Square. Following "Platonov" is a new adaptation of Wedekind's Lulu in Florence Italy, followed by a new adaptation of the Chinese classical opera, “Farewell my Concubine” premiering next summer at the National Theater Ningbo, China. Scheib is Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he directs the Program in Theater Arts.

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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
[West End, 2018]
[West End, 2017] [Replacement]

Jay Scheib Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 2012 - Direction

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New Production of Tod Machover's VALIS to Premiere at MIT Media Lab

Be among the first to witness the extraordinary premiere of Tod Machover's VALIS at MIT. Immerse yourself in this groundbreaking musical production. Experience the fusion of technology and artistry in this highly anticipated event.

BAT OUT OF HELL Halted By Disruptive Audience Member

According to The Guardian, the West End production of Bat Out of Hell was halted during the Thursday, March 30th evening performance by a disruptive audience member.

Photos: BAT OUT OF HELL Opens At The Peacock Theatre

Last night, Bat Out of Hell celebrated its return to London's West End at the Peacock Theatre. Stars in attendance included Graziano Di Prima, Jo Wood, Rhys Connah, Natalia Tena and more. See photos from the evening!

REVIEW: Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On BAT OUT OF HELL THE MUSICAL

BAT OUT OF HELL, the stadium, arena, rock concert, stage musical.

VIDEO: Watch Travis Cormier Perform 'I Would Do Anything For Love' in Las Vegas's BAT OUT OF HELL

Watch a clip of Travis Cormier performing 'I Would Do Anything For Love' from Bat Out of Hell in Las Vegas.

BAT OUT OF HELL To Close On Las Vegas Strip After Just 12 Weeks

Bat Out of Hell - The Musical will close in Las Vegas on January 1st, after running just 12 weeks on the strip.

BAT OUT OF HELL National Tour is Coming to Australia in January 2023

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, featuring Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, will arrive in Australia in January 2023 playing Arena’s around the country.

BAT OUT OF HELL �" THE MUSICAL International Tour is Headed to Auckland, Düsseldorf, and More in 2023

New and returning cast members have been announced for the International tour of Bat Out Of Hell. Learn more about where the musical is headed next!

Photos & Video: Go Inside Opening Night of BAT OUT OF HELL �" THE MUSICAL at Paris Las Vegas

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical celebrated its highly anticipated official opening in its brand-new, immersive theatre at Paris Las Vegas on Oct. 7, 2022. The sold-out audience filled with VIPs, rock fans and musical theatre enthusiasts alike were treated to an electrifying performance. See photos from opening night here!

Video/Photos: BAT OUT OF HELL Lands In Las Vegas At Paris Hotel & Casino!

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical is gearing up to make its highly anticipated debut tomorrow evening and final preparations are underway ahead of welcoming its first audience. See photos and video from the production!

BAT OUT OF HELL is Headed to Germany This Year

Jim Steinman's globally successful stage epic Bat Out of Hell – The Musical returns to Germany: The award-winning original from London's West End with the greatest hits of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf can be experienced for the first time in its original English version in this touring production from 20th December 2022 to 4th January 2023 only, at the Capitol Theater Düsseldorf.

Video: Travis Cormier Talks Starring as Strat in BAT OUT OF HELL in Las Vegas

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, Travis Cormier will take on the role of Strat in the Las Vegas run of Bat Out of Hell - The Musical, the award-winning hit production set to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf's greatest hits and one of history's best-selling albums.

Travis Cormier Will Play Strat in the Las Vegas Run of BAT OUT OF HELL

Following an extensive audition process, it has been announced that Travis Cormier will take on the role of Strat in the Las Vegas run of Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the award-winning hit production set to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits and one of history’s best-selling albums. Cormier will take the stage at Paris Las Vegas on September 27.

Travis Cloer and More Announced for BAT OUT OF HELL- THE MUSICAL Las Vegas Engagement

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the unrivalled hit production set to Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf's greatest hits and a few of history's best-selling albums, unveils juggernaut cast for the critically acclaimed musical headed to Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Sept. 27.

IMMENSE JOY by Anna Kohler to be Presented at The Tank in September

The Tank will present Immense Joy, a new work devised and directed by downtown luminary Anna Kohler in collaboration with performers Natalia de Campos, Justin Gordon, John Hagan, Fabio Tavares, and associate director Caleb Hammond. The performances run from September 8 through 18, 2022.

BAT OUT OF HELL Brings UK Tour to Milton Keynes

Bringing to life the legendary hits of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, the critically acclaimed production Bat Out of Hell – The Musical heads to Milton Keynes for two weeks from 14 June.

BAT OUT OF HELL Returns To West End in February

The producers of Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, featuring Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf's greatest hits, have announced the musical's return to London in 2023. The show, which is currently touring the UK and Ireland, will play a limited season at the Peacock Theatre with performances from 17 February, ending on 1 April 2023.

Photos: Inside Gala Night For BAT OUT OF HELL The Musical

All new photos have been released from the Gala night of Jim Steinman's BAT OUT OF HELL - The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 18 January. Guests in attendance included Nina Wadia, Janie Dee, Amy Hart and Amy Anzel. 

BWW Review: BAT OUT OF HELL, New Wimbledon Theatre

The songs of Meat Loaf and J.M Barrie’s story of Peter Pan are not an immediately obvious combination, but Bat Out Of Hell attempts to fuse these elements with hints of West Side Story, Rock Of Ages and Wagner-esque unrestrained theatricality.

BWW Interview: Rob Fowler Talks BAT OUT OF HELL UK and Ireland Tour

Rob Fowler chats about what’s brought him back to Bat Out Of Hell, what's changed since its West End run, and the show's incredible fandom.


Jay Scheib has been nominated for the Direction category at the Obie Awards for his work on the show "World of Wires".

Jay Scheib has won the Direction award at the Obie Awards for his work on the production "World of Wires".

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