Haley Stamats is a director for opera, theater and film. She enjoys directing new works, both conventional and experimental, as well as classical repertoire with numerous opera companies in the US and England.
For her 2021-22 season, she returned to Arizona Opera for her second season as the Resident Assistant Director. She assisted on their productions of El Milagro del Recuerdo, Carmen, A Little Night Music and Così fan tutte. She also directed the scenes program with the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio.
During her 2020-2021 season, she served as the first-ever Resident Assistant Director with the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio at Arizona Opera. As a part of AZO’s reimagined season, she produced livestreams and recorded concerts with Manley Films. At the end of her season with AZO, she completed filming for AZO’s feature film, The Copper Queen, where she served as the Script Supervisor and 2nd Unit Film Director. The new work, commissioned by AZO, premiered on October 22 and 23, 2021.
Her 2019-2020 season began at Virginia Opera as the assistant director for their back-to-back productions of Tosca and Il Postino. She debuted at Resonance Works / Pittsburgh directing their annual Amahl and the Night Visitors as well as remounting Il Postino at Opera Southwest at the end of 2019. She returned to Virginia Opera to assistant direct their Aida and planned to make her directing debut with Scalia/Ginsburg but both productions were postponed due to COVID-19. In the summer, she planned on assistant directing Don Giovanni at The Glimmerglass Festival but the production was also postponed. Instead, she participated in their virtual YAP program.
Her 2018-2019 season began with directing two new work pieces, Between Constellations and Rain, as a part of the Mosaic Opera Showcase at Grimeborn Opera Festival in London. She then returned to Virginia Opera to assistant direct their production of Don Giovanni. In 2019, she assistant directed Eugene Onegin at Opera Santa Barbara and ended her season making her directorial debut at Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre with their world premiere of The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius.
She holds a B.A. in Music and Public Relations with a theatre emphasis from Simpson College.
Ms. Stamats’ Residency is generously sponsored by John Battaglia.