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Michael Hackett


About DeanMichael Hackett is a professor in the School of Theater, Film and Television. He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre of The Hague; the Centrum Sztuki Studio and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw; the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; the Los Angeles Opera (children’s series); Musica Angelica in Santa Monica; the Geffen Playhouse; and nine radio productions for L.A. Theater Works.

Hackett taught at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for three years, where he co-designed and instituted a music-drama program and gave a series of lecture/demonstrations for the Royal College of Music. He has also given workshops for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. From 1995-2006, he conducted Greek chorus workshops and performances for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.

Familiar to opera audiences in Southern California, Hackett has lectured extensively for the Los Angeles Opera and, for these activities, was given the Fifth Annual Peter Hemmings Award by the Opera League of Los Angeles in April 2008.

Directing projects include Sophocles' Philoktetes with Henry Goodman for the Getty Villa Theater Lab; a radio production of Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Charles Busch; and Ceremony for Mother Earth: A Healing, which he co-directed for the American Indian Dance Theater with his Theater Department colleague, Professor Hanay Geiogamah.

Hackett is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Schools of Theater.