Elkhanah Pulitzer




ElkhanahElkhanah Pulitzer - Biography

Elkhanah Pulitzer directs opera and theater. Following childhood impluses to ‘stage’ toys, enviroments, and people, she has passionately pursued her interest in story telling since she was a girl.

She has directed works for San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of St Louis, West Edge Opera and Canadian Opera Company, among others. Outreach opera projects include work with Washington Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Boston Lyric Opera New England, OTSL and Opera Omaha.

Theater directing credits include work with Impact Theater, Cutting Ball, Riverside Theater, and Ensemble Theater Company. Additionally, she wrote the libretto for “Dream of the Pacific," an original opera about Lewis and Clark, which was honored with an Opera America Success Award.

Her education has included a BA from University of California in Theatre Arts, and a MFA from Columbia in Directing.  She currently is Artistic Curator, SF Opera Lab.  For a more detailed description of her present work please see this SF Opera article. Also see the web site for the SF Opera Lab.


Selected Directing Credits:

(Links in blue have photos and production credits)

The Gospel According to the Other Mary -- SF Symphony, 2017

Nixon in China -- Los Angeles Philharmonic, 2017

The Gospel According to the Other Mary -- SF Symphony, 2017

Powder Her Face -- West Edge Opera, 2016

ChamberWORKS -- SF Opera Lab, 2016

Lulu -- West Edge Opera. 2015

Hydrogen Jukebox -- West Edge Opera, 2014

Lucia de Lammermoor -- Los Angeles Opera, 2014

The Verdi Requiem -- San Francisco Opera, 2013

The Flying Dutchman (Associate Director) -- San Francisco Opera, 2013

Mahagonny Songspiel -- West Edge Opera, 2012

Carmen for Families -- San Francisco Opera, 2011

The Tender Land -- Berkeley Opera, 2010

Judas Maccabaeus -- Los Angeles Opera, 2008

Burned House -- Cutting Ball Hidden Classics, 2007

The Visit -- Mockingbird Productions, 2007

Colorado (premiere) -- Impact Theater, 2006

Dream of the Pacific (also librettist) -- Washington National Opera, 2006, Opera Omaha, 2005 Lyric Opera of Kansas City, 2005, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 2004

A Family Minus One (premiere) -- Theater Studio Inc., NYC, 2005

Life is a Dream -- Riverside Theater, Columbia University, 2005

Untitled, a play about Mark Rothko (premiere) -- Schapiro Theater, NYC, 2004

As You Like It -- Columbia University, 2004

Abduction from the Seraglio -- Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 2003

The Cherry Orchard -- Columbia University, 2003

La Boheme -- Boston Lyric Opera, 2002

Venus und Adonis (Canadian premiere) -- Canadian Opera Company, 2001

The Magic Flute -- Boston Lyric Opera New England, 2001

La Clemenza di Tito and Vanessa (scenes) -- Santa Fe Opera, 2000

The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County -- Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 2000

Vasilisa and the Saga of Baba Yaga (premiere) -- Sneaky Pete Ensemble, 2000

The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County -- Boston Lyric Opera New England, 1999

Opera Goes West -- Omaha Opera, 1999

Brundibar -- Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 1997

Survival Tactics (premiere) -- Equinox Theater Company, 1996

The Game of Love and Chance -- UC Berkeley, 1994

Right Left Right (premiere) -- UC Berkeley, 1994

Scapino -- UC Berkeley, 1994

(Photo of Elkhanah by Kristen Loken)