Rhoda Levine is the author of seven children’s books (two of which were illustrated by Edward Gorey) and is an accomplished director and choreographer. In addition to working for major opera houses in the United States and Europe, she has choreographed shows on and off Broadway, and in London’s West End. Among the world premieres she has directed are Der Kaiser von Atlantis
, by Viktor Ullmann, and The Life and Times of Malcolm X
and Wakonda’s Dream
, both by Anthony Davis. In Cape Town she directed the South African premier of Porgy and Bess
in 1996, and she premiered the New York City Opera productions of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead
, Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten
, and Adamo’s Little Women
. Levine has taught acting and improvisation at the Yale School of Drama, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Northwestern University, and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music. She lives in New York, where she is the artistic director of the city’s only improvisational opera company, Play It by Ear.