American theater and opera director Shawna Lucey's work has been seen at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, and many others.
Her legacy production of Tosca launched San Francisco Opera’s 99th season in 2021. It was followed in 2022 by her centennial celebration legacy production of La traviata. Lucey made her directorial debut with Opera San José in 2018 with La traviata. In 2023, she will launch Opera San José’s season with a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.
Lucey boasts an international reputation, staging works in Spain, Russia, Germany, Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Bolshoi Theater, and Schauspiel Hannover, among many others. She has assisted esteemed directors including Stephen Lawless, Lee Blakeley, John Caird, Peter Schumann, and Francesca Zambello. In addition to opera, Lucey steps outside the canon into theatre and musicals, staging works such as Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Lucey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Italian from the University of Texas and received her Master of Fine Arts in Directing & Movement from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute and will receive her Master of Science in Non-Profit Management from Columbia University in 2023. She has also served as an adjunct professor in Speech and Theater at Borough of Manhattan Community College, teaching courses in acting, design, stage management, and directing. She serves on the Board of Team San José and the Board of the Theatre Preservation Fund in San José.