Deb Cohen – Artistic Director

Deborah was determined to become a director after her first taste of directing opera (The Marriage of Figaro) as a 2nd year undergraduate student studying for her B.Mus at The University of Leeds. Deborah developed her knowledge of the repertory and of theatre, first through vocal coaching of students and accompanying singers at The University of North Texas, working as an Assistant Director on UNT’s productions of L’Egisto and La Boheme, then training as a Stage Manager at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in order to gain a good understanding of the technical side of professional theatre.

In 2009 she sought more opportunities to direct, by co-founding Opera Ddraig and directing The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro. She has a keen interest in developing new work, and to that end, in 2011, she heped form Shadow Opera, in partnership with composer, Tom Floyd, to create and direct new operas. She had already directed his operas, The Nightingale and The Rose and The Shadow of the Wave with members of the RWCMD, in the Gate Theatre and the Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff and summer 2012 she revived The Shadow of the Wave with Shadow Opera for the Tête-à-Tête Festival in the Riverside Studio, Hammersmith.

Deborah is equally interested in working within a variety of performance contexts and has experience of working with young people and in schools. In 2011 she spent a week in China working for ISTA, an international theatre summer school, as an Ensemble Leader. In March 2012 Deborah devised the artistic context for scenes performed in several shopping departments around Llandudno as part of the Max Open House day. In Spring 2012 Deborah spent 8 weeks as Assistant Director on a major schools’ performance project involving 650 children from Southwark Schools, devising and creating a show for a performance in the Royal Festival Hall.

Deborah has been the Assistant Director for; Dido and Aeneas-South Bank Sinfonia, La Boheme-BYO, Saul-Buxton Opera Festival, Madame Butterfly-Mid Wales Opera, Beatrice & Benedict-Welsh National Opera, Semele-Benslow Baroque Opera, Jeptha-Welsh National Opera.