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Mitch Levine is a film and stage director with credits the world over in theatre, film, opera and dance. He is a directing member of the renowned Actors Studio and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He served as artistic supervisor for the world tour of the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach, revived Cynthia Lee's A Dream Within a Dream for the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, directed and designed the acclaimed revival of Arthur Kopit's Wings (Best Production, Direction and Lighting Design Awards) in Los Angeles and staged Jean Anouilh's Antigone for the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. He directed Timothy Mason's Sorry! at Circle Rep in New York and Glen Merzer's Amorphous George in Manhattan and New Haven for the MCC Company. His production of Pippin re-opened the historic Opera House at the Geneva Performing Arts Festival. Other directing projects included the revival of Lyle Kessler's Orphans in New York and the national tour of Big River. Several years ago, his "New Wave" adaptation of the musical Godspell was awarded Best Production and Best Director honors at the La Jolla Stage Company in San Diego. He is currently preparing two stage productions, God Help Us, a political comedy starring Ed Asner; and the classic Swiss drama, The Visit, starring Barbara Bain.
Mitch has worked in theatres throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. He designed the world premiers of Paura di Volare at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and of Peter Gabriel and Moses Pendleton's Passion in London and New York. His work has also been seen at the Sydney Opera House, Manhattan's Lincoln Center, Sadler's Wells in London, the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna, Artsphere in Tokyo, the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Olimpico in Rome, the Metropolitan Theatre in Rio and the Maisón dès Arts in Paris and Lyon. Mitch worked with the Bolshoi Ballet above the Temple of Apollo at Delphi's ancient Olympic Stadium and with Alessandra Ferri, Robert LaFosse, Ann Reinking and Marge Champion at the Piazza di Miracoli in Pisa. He designed the Rigoletto segment of the worldwide broadcast of Festa a Corte from Montova and has directed adaptations of Guys and Dolls, Promises, Promises and Man of La Mancha on the high seas. His American Opera Center stagings of Le Nozze di Figaro and Opera Kaleidoscope were seen throughout the New York area and his work on the Robert Ward/Arthur Miller opera, The Crucible, was presented at the Opera Ensemble of New York.
Mitch served as the production director and designer for the hit mixed-media work, Baseball, in New York, designed lighting for the new Los Angeles productions of Le Nozze de Figaro and The Dybbuck and collaborated on the creation of Klezmania with Tony Kushner, Naomi Goldberg and Brian Kulick. He directed productions of David Mamet's Vint and Maria Irene Fornes' Drowning, which opened the new Raven Playhouse in Los Angeles and designed the world premiere of Love and Death at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. He directed Peter Mellencamp's new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Baal for the Goethe Institute’s Brecht Centennial Festival and the Sony CineAlta Awards at the NAB in Las Vegas.
Mitch served on the staff of the Juilliard School in New York and has stage managed and provided lighting for ABC Television, Lincoln Center, and numerous opera, theatre, music and dance companies throughout the world. He was the resident lighting designer of MOMIX Dance Theatre and of Naomi Goldberg's Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet, and has lit the work of many other choreographers, including Paul Taylor, Anna Sokolow, Anthony Tudor, David Parsons and Tommy Tune. He designed the premier of a dance theatre work commissioned by the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies, entitled Bat Habits, and the television premier of Lisa Giobbi's Motion Pictures Company.
Mitch's lighting design work has been seen in museums and installations throughout the world. He created the Beneath the Ice exhibition for the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the telecommunications extravaganza for the Museo Contemporario in Milan. His concert lighting has been viewed at performances by Shadowfax, Donny Osmond, Rhythm Tribe, Debbie Gibson, Warrant, the Paul Winter Consort and several symphony orchestras. He has created lighting for the performance art works of Robert Faust and Tim Latta, of the Russian Cirque du Soleil aerialist Vladimir and for renowned Austrian acrobat Karl Baumann. He also designed the acclaimed Amnesty International benefit, No Holds Barred, produced by Carly Simon.
Mitch served as the executive director of the Los Angeles Directors Project (the professional stage directors association of Los Angeles) and is on the visiting faculties of Lee College, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and the Dortort Institute of the University of Judaism, teaching classes in Cinema History, Art and Culture, the United Nations, Public Speaking and Acting, and conducting seminars in Twentieth Century Theatre, Opera and Dance. He has offered master classes in Performance and Lighting Design at institutions throughout the country and taught private acting workshops and scene studies in Los Angeles and New York.
Mitch’s education includes a degree in Political Science from Hobart College, a professional fellowship at the Juilliard School in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. He is a former member of the National and World Councils of the YMCA and has served on the boards of directors of ISO Dance Theatre, Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet and the MCC Company in New York.