Stage director, Choreographer, Dancer, Zack Winokur, born in Boston, Massachusetts is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Concord Academy. Upcoming performances in the 2017-18 season include a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Cincinnati Opera, an immersive pairing of Gluck’s Orfeo and Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moment at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with William Christie at Juilliard, and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam. His new company, the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), which he co-directs with Matthew Aucoin, starts a new annual festival, the Run AMOC! Festival, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, in December, holds its first major teaching residency at Harvard University in February, is the Artist-in-Residence at the Park Avenue Armory in the spring, and stages three shows at the Metropolitan Museum over the next year. He also choreographs Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Dutch National Opera in a new production by Lotte de Beer, Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at Juilliard in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth, remounts his production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba at the Festival Ljubljana, collaborates with grime artist Pepstar on a short film, performs in Gerard & Kelly's Modern Living at the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and gives masterclasses at the Dutch National Opera Academy and New York University.
Zack Winokur’s most recent production seen in New York City, Cavalli’s Venetian baroque masterpiece La Calisto for The Juilliard School, was hailed as ‘one of the most elegant and imaginative shows seen in New York this season’ in Opera News, garnered rave reviews in a plethora of other publications including The New York Times and Vogue, and received a nomination for Best Production of the Year in Opernwelt, the only American production to be nominated. Additional productions include the The New Prince (Dutch National Opera—world premiere), Svadba (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Grand Theatre de Luxembourg—European premiere), Dido and Aeneas (La Nuova Musica at St John’s Smith Square), A Flowering Tree (Opera Omaha), Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, La Monnaie, Aldeburgh Music, DNO), Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Central City Opera, Juilliard Opera), Most of the Boys (Royal Opera House—world premiere), Mesh (International Contemporary Ensemble—world premiere), Triptych (Museum of Arts and Design), and a restaging of Episode 31 by Alexander Ekman for the Joffrey Ballet. He also co-directed, with Mary Birnbaum, a special performance in the Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 82nd birthday.
Zack Winokur has worked on film with Academy Award-nominated director Mike Figgis, collaborating on Burlington Project, a commission from the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and Dancing on Glass, with pianist Rosey Chan and fashion house Boudicca, which was exhibited in Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo, and Barcelona. His choreography also has been seen in the music video The Virus for A Tribe Called Red; at David Lynch’s Club Silencio and the Centre Pompidou; and in installations that took over the entire Royal Opera House, Covent Garden over the course of three days.