Scott Skiba






Award-winning Stage Director Scott Skiba has led more than 70 new productions, earning recognition for his imaginative stage direction and dynamic physical approach to storytelling that is “masterful…ingenious…first-rate...vivid and emotionally charged."


Scott serves as Executive Artistic Director of Cleveland Opera Theater, where his recent production of La Traviata was named “the best professional opera production Cleveland has seen in years,” and La Bohème was hailed as "ingenious."  Scott is the recently appointed Production Director for Opera Western Reserve, and Assistant Artistic Director for Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.  Previous appointments include Executive Director of the Oberlin in Italy opera training program in Arezzo, Italy.

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A proponent of new opera, Scott launched {NOW} Fest, Cleveland Opera Theater's annual event to create, develop, and produce new opera works, and he serves on the National Opera Association Chamber Opera Composition Committee.  A pioneer in exploring contemporary approaches to producing opera, Scott's work includes directing, designing, and producing interdisciplinary collaborations in alternative venues to promote civic engagement and provide gateways to develop new audiences. 



An advocate of arts education, Scott serves as Director of Opera Studies for the award-winning Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Voice Performance program.  Scott is Movement & Acting Instructor for Music Across the Pond, and a frequent guest stage director, and master class and workshop teacher throughout the United States and in Europe.   Previous appointments include Instructor of Voice and Opera Theater, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Associate Instructor of Voice, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  

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"Skiba's first-rate stage direction was vivid and emotionally charged.""

-The Plain Dealer

"Skiba used every inch of space to maximum effect"

"Skiba found and brought out a variety of subtle nuances in his staging"

- Cleveland Classical

"Skiba had the cast racing about the stage and around

the theater with Swiss clock-like precision."

- The Plain Dealer

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"Skiba’s canny direction and use of space allowed facial expressions and the smallest of gestures to read clearly to the back row."

-Cleveland Classical