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Alan E.

Stage Director

Following several years as a professional singer and teaching stints at the internationally acclaimed Actors Studio Drama School and American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Alan E. Hicks turned his attention to stage direction winning awards and garnering praise from critics and audiences alike. His work has been described as “resplendent,” “5 stars,” “powerful and deeply moving,” “imaginatively directed,” “absolutely brilliant,” “gorgeous,” and “real magic."


Alan has directed productions for organizations throughout the United States and Europe including Green Mountain Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opernfest Berlin, Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, and Music Academy International in Italy. Alan has also served on the directing staffs of Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tulsa Opera.


A published author on subjects including acting, auditioning, and education, a second edition of his book, Singer and Actor: Acting Technique and the Operatic Performer (Amadeus Press, 2011), is expected by 2025. He has also published articles in Classical Singer Magazine and on Hal Leonard’s online theatrical blog, Onstage and Backstage.


Alan currently serves as Director of Opera Theatre at Texas Tech University.

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