Michael Hackett is a professor of directing and theater history and former chair of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Department of Theater.
He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at The Hague; the Centrum Sztuki Studio and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw; Santa Fe Short Story Festival; Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles Opera (children’s series); Musica Angelica; Antaeus Company; the Geffen Playhouse; and 15 radio productions for L.A. Theater Works including Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (which was nominated for two Audie Awards) with Charles Busch.
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. Since 1995, he directed Greek chorus workshops and presentations for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
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.
Hackett has also conducted more than 70 arts-related interviews for classical radio KUSC and he has lectured at the Huntington Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Costume Council), Armand Hammer Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum and Getty Research Institute.
He was the co-editor and wrote the introduction for Five Plays by Carlo Goldoni, published in March 2016 by the University of Toronto Press for the Lorenzo da Ponte Italian Library.
Hackett received an A.B. in English from Boston College and a Ph.D. in drama and the humanities from Stanford University.
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