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Mo Zhou

Assistant Professor of Music
Mo Zhou


Originally from China, Mo Zhou is a stage director and educator whose international career spans all artistic disciplines including opera, theater, musical theater, dance, and film.  

Equally passionate about invigorating classical canons and spearheading new works, Ms. Zhou’s productions have been seen at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, National Centre for the Performing Arts in China, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Juilliard School, WP Theatre, to name a few. She has also worked as a member of the directing staff at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, The Dallas Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, among others. 

Ms. Zhou has completed her training as the James Marcus Opera Directing Fellow at The Juilliard School, the Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera, 2050 Artistic Fellow with New York Theater Workshop, Time Warner Directing Fellow with WP Theater and as well as working as an Apprentice Stage Director with the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. She is also a winner of the OPERA America Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize.

She has previously taught and worked at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the New School of Drama, UMKC Conservatory, among many others.

Ms. Zhou has earned her BA at Bowdoin College, her MFA in Stage Directing at Columbia University and holds a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. 

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