Michael Wainstein

Michael Wainstein

  • B.A., theater, Hunter College, 1985
  • M.F.A., directing, University of Cincinnati, 1989

"Desire to inspire students to define the future of the performing artist in a 21st century context."

Michael Wainstein | Chair, performing arts


Society of Directors and Choreographers, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Previous Positions

Artistic director, The Naples Theatre, Naples, Florida, 1999-2007; artistic director, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; artistic director, The Lincoln Playhouse, Lincoln, Nebraska; artistic director, The Topeka Civic Theatre, Topeka, Kansas; resident stage director, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati, Ohio; resident stage director, Chautauqua Opera, New York; resident stage director, Buxton Festival, England; freelance artist, Academy Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia; freelance artist, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago, Illinois; freelance artist, The Blowing Rock Playhouse, Blowing Rock, North Carolina; freelance artist, Chautauqua Conservatory, New York; freelance artist, Frankfurt Hauptbuhne, Frankfurt, Germany; freelance artist, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy; professor, University of New Hampshire; professor, University of Nebraska; professor, The University of Cincinnati; directing intern/assistant to Douglas Hughes, Seattle Repertory Theatre; artistic director, Cincinnati Festival of New Plays, Cincinnati, Ohio; producer, Russia, Live!, theater exchange program with the Teatr Na Liteynom in St. Petersburg, Russia

Publications and presentations

"Introduction to Directing," Focus Publishing