Leah Hausman has worked as a choreographer, movement director and associate director on both sides of the Atlantic. She trained in dance and drama in New York City, and at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Leah has worked extensively with Terry Gilliam, Sir David Mcvicar, Simon Mcburney, Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier as Choreographer, movement director, co- director and associate.
Most recently, Les Troyens for Wiener Staats Oper, La Scala, San Fransisco Opera, Benvenuto Cellini for Opera Nationale de Paris, ENO, DNO, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Rome Opera; The Damnation of Faust for ENO, De Vlaamse Opera, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, and Staatsoper Berlin.
Other opera productions include Aida, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, Elektra, Il Turco in Italia and Rigoletto for the Royal Opera House; The Rakes Progress for Aix and Dutch National Opera; Kahlila wa Dimna for Festival Aix; L’Elisir d’Amore, Gianni Schicchi and La Boheme for Glyndebourne Opera; Norma, Tosca, Roberto Devereux, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovotore for The Met Opera; Billy Budd, Rusalka, Il Trovatore for Chicago Lyric; Madame Butterfly and Pelleas and Melisande for Scottish Opera; Don Giovanni, Lohengrin and Les Troyens for San Francisco Opera; and several productions of La Clemenza di Tito for ENO, Copenhagen, Bremen and Aix.
Leah has worked on numerous semi staged and experimental projects with the LSO, Deutche Kammerphilharmonie, and London Sinfonietta.
Leah’s theatre work includes Fortune’s Fool for The Old Vic London, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Pedro the Magnificent and As You Like It for the RSC, The Game of Love and Chance for the National Theatre, Twelfth Night for the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, The Lamentations of Thel and The Phantom Violin for Theatre de Complicité, and Howard Goodall’s Great Dates for Channel 4 TV.
Leah has directed major revivals for opera houses including Rome, San Francisco, Oslo and Palermo, and the Royal Opera House and ENO in London. She has also directed opera and theatre at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, and co-directed a number of plays with Neil Bartlett for the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre and other theatres. She has taught movement and drama at all the major opera and theatre institutions in London and is a regular teacher for the Mozart Academie, Festival Aix-en-Provence.
Upcoming productions include Rusalka for San Francisco Opera, The Rakes Progress for Stanislavski Theatre Moscow, Death in Venice for ROH.
Praise for Le nozze di Figaro:
“in Leah Hausman’s hands this fifth revival of David McVicar’s 2006 production comes over as one of the most complete.”
– Edward Bhesania, The Stage ★★★★
“Its latest revival, directed by McVicar’s assistant Leah Hausman, offers new shades of meaning and insight.”
– Tim Ashley, The Guardian ★★★★