American stage director Gregory Fortner’s opera and theater productions have been seen throughout the United States, Brazil, and Romania. His award-winning production of playwright Matei Visniec's play Old Clown Wanted has been a selection of international festivals in New York and Romania, and enjoyed long runs in Chicago and New Jersey. The 2011-12 season saw Mr. Fortner make his debuts at the Los Angeles Opera, directing Puccini’s La Bohème, and at the Aspen Music Festival, directing Verdi’s Falstaff. This past season Mr. Fortner returned to the LA Opera to direct Mozart’s Don Giovanni and to teach workshops for the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. He has also directed and taught in the opera program at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and continues to work as a member of the directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked since 2006. His work also has been seen at the New National Theater of Tokyo, where he remounted Jean Pierre Ponnelle's iconic production of La Cenerentola. Fortner has developed and taught a workshop for young singers based on the work of Columbia theater professor Anne Bogart. The workshop enables young singers to deconstruct elements of time and space in order to create a common language that they can use to create interesting work quickly. His workshop has been given at Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Opera North in New Hampshire. His credits also include themed entertainment for Disney and Thinkwell Design and Production.