Building all aspects of your stagecraft and interpretation. Creating an environment of trust in which to explore all dimensions of the character in an organic fashion.



New York, USA

David Ostwald has directed more than 170 productions of operas and plays in top academic and professional venues in both the U.S. and abroad. They span the centuries from the Renaissance to the present and encompass Shakespeare to Shepard and Monteverdi to Moran. A specialist in teaching acting to singers, Ostwald wrote Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters, which was published by Oxford University Press and has been widely adopted as a classroom text.

Throughout his career, David has been the head of the opera program of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, directing all of the program’s productions during his tenure, and he has also been on the faculty of the Juilliard School, Queens College/CUNY, the University of California, Berkeley, and in the major summer opera programs at Aspen, Wolf Trap, and at Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera.

*David’s book will be required reading for all summer program participants.