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Stephen Kitsakos

 
Bio:
STEPHEN KITSAKOS is a theatre director, opera librettist and educator. For the American composer, Sheila Silver, he wrote libretti for "The Wooden Sword", winner of the 2009 Sackler Prize for Composition, "The White Rooster: A Tale of Compassion" for the Smithsonian Institution, and for the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
STEPHEN KITSAKOS is a theatre director, opera librettist and educator. For the American composer, Sheila Silver, he wrote libretti for "The Wooden Sword", winner of the 2009 Sackler Prize for Composition, "The White Rooster: A Tale of Compassion" for the Smithsonian Institution, and for the ... (read complete bio)
 

 

Stephen Kitsakos Biography

STEPHEN KITSAKOS is a theatre director, opera librettist and educator. For the American
composer, Sheila Silver, he wrote libretti for "The Wooden Sword", winner of the 2009
Sackler Prize for Composition, "The White Rooster: A Tale of Compassion" for the
Smithsonian Institution, and for the Seattle Opera, "A Thousand Splendid Suns", adapted
from the book by Khaled Hosseini. With the composer Martin Hennessy he wrote the
opera-theatre monologues "An Incident in Sutton Square", "The Woman in Penthouse A" and
"The Pleasing Recollection of the Past". A graduate of NYU and the BMI Workshops, his
experience as an opera-theatre writer and educator has informed his approach to
directing. From 2000-2013 Kitsakos was on the full-time Theatre Arts Faculty at SUNY
New Paltz in New York’s Hudson Valley. During those years he was a contributing writer to
The Sondheim Review and Music in American Life. A recipient of grants and commissions from the Seattle Opera, National Endowment for the Arts, American Opera Projects, NYSCA, ASCAP, Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the BMI Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of New York, his work as a librettist and theatre director has been seen in NYC at Theater Row, the National Opera Center and in major cities throughout the United States, Central and South America. He resides in Key
West, FL where he is an Artistic Associate of the multidisciplinary arts organization, The
Studios of Key West.




Stephen Kitsakos News

BWW Interview: Michael Kelly of THE PLEASING RECOLLECTION at 54 Below Photo BWW Interview: Michael Kelly of THE PLEASING RECOLLECTION at 54 Below
by Stephen Mosher - Apr 3, 2022

Opera star Michael Kelly willed this piece into existence and, now, it comes into the light. Read the story of how it happened in this new interview with BroadwayWorld Cabaret.

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Announces Performances Through the End of April Photo FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Announces Performances Through the End of April
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 2, 2022

This month, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents  some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more  information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551. 

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Releases Programming for the Upcoming Week Photo FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW Releases Programming for the Upcoming Week
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 2, 2022

Next week, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.

New Single from THE PLEASING RECOLLECTION Released Today Photo New Single from THE PLEASING RECOLLECTION Released Today
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 4, 2022

“An Evening at the Theater,” the first single from The Pleasing Recollection – a playful and witty musical adventure that blends opera and cabaret – has been released in all digital and streaming platforms today, Friday, March 4. The Pleasing Recollection will make its New York debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below for two shows only on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM and Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 PM. The Pleasing Recollection features music by Martin Hennessy and a libretto by Stephen Kitsakos.

THE PLEASING RECOLLECTION to Make New York Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below Photo THE PLEASING RECOLLECTION to Make New York Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2022

The Pleasing Recollection – a playful and witty musical adventure that blends opera and cabaret – will make its New York debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below for two shows only on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM and Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 PM. 

Seattle Opera Announces 2022/23 Season Photo Seattle Opera Announces 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 8, 2022

Seattle Opera’s 2022/23 season will bring a poignant world premiere (A Thousand Splendid Suns), a concert performance of an alluring French powerhouse (Samson and Delilah), and stagings of three cherished favorites (The Elixir of Love, Tristan and Isolde, and La traviata) to the Seattle Opera stage.

UNSTUCK AS F*CK Starring Orlando Bishop to Premiere at The Studios Of Key West Photo UNSTUCK AS F*CK Starring Orlando Bishop to Premiere at The Studios Of Key West
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 1, 2021

Part TED talk, part hilarious stand-up routine, part heartbreaking drama, over the course of 70 minutes Orlando tells the fascinating story of his life-from growing up in the concrete jungle of Flatbush, Brooklyn to his years in the ivory tower of Yale-and all the ups and downs that came after.

Seattle Opera Continues Commitment To New Music And Today's Stories Photo Seattle Opera Continues Commitment To New Music And Today's Stories
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 16, 2021

Seattle Opera continues its commitment to bringing contemporary stories to Seattle audiences with two new operas for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons.

Anika Larsen & Freddie Will Perform In Key West At A Celebration Of Independence Photo Anika Larsen & Freddie Will Perform In Key West At A Celebration Of Independence
by Stephi Wild - Jun 29, 2021

Larsen and Maxwell are Distinguished Artists in Residence at The Studios, one of the premiere multidisciplinary arts & culture organizations in South Florida and the Florida Keys. They were invited by opera librettist & theater writer Stephen Kitsakos, Studios Artistic Associate & Executive Producer of the weekly livestream series Between Two Palms, to perform on The Studios new outdoor rooftop garden, Hugh's View.

Mary Testa to Join BETWEEN TWO PALMS At The Studios Of Key West To End Their First Se Photo Mary Testa to Join BETWEEN TWO PALMS At The Studios Of Key West To End Their First Season Of Livestream Conversations
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2021

Mary Testa will be in a deep dive chat with Executive Producer & Artistic Associate, Stephen Kitsakos on Wednesday, June 23rd from 6-7PM EDT. The weekly livestream program pairs theater, television, film, literary & visual arts personalities online for a lively, unscripted hour-long conversation produced by The Studios.