Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Keturah Stickann

Stage directors

Keturah Stickann’s directing and choreographic work has been seen in countless opera houses across the United States and Canada, as well as in Chile, Japan, France, Germany, and Australia.  A champion of new American opera, she has directed and choreographed multiple works by Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer, as well as works by Robert Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Kaminsky, and Jose “Pepe” Martinez.  Recent productions by Ms. Stickann include her distillation of La Boheme: Rodolfo Remembers (Virginia Opera),  As One (Eugene Opera), Candide (Michigan Opera Theatre), Rusalka (Madison Opera), It’s A Wonderful Life (San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera), Pelléas et Mélisande (West Edge Opera), Orfeo ed Euridice (Florida Grand Opera), Turandot (San Diego Opera),  Norma (Opera Southwest), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Chautauqua Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Colorado), Don Quichotte (San Diego Opera), and The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci (Virginia Opera).  Before becoming a director, Ms. Stickann was a classically trained dancer, performing in opera and concert dance around the country.

“Stage Director Keturah Stickann kept the production moving rapidly along.” Ron Bierman, Broadway World, April 29, 2021; for San Diego Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia


“Director-choreographer Keturah Stickann’s production abounds in memorable stage images. The lifeless Euridice’s body being strewn with flowers by candlelight, the furies’ synchronized menace in red and black, and the serene contentment of the shades in the Elysian Fields all registered in strong, almost cinematic fashion. Stickann keeps the drama at forward pitch and seamlessly integrated the music and dance.” Lawrence Budmen,   South Florida Classical Review, March 18, 2018 for Florida Grand Opera’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

“But it is to the credit of stage director Keturah Stickann that she used all this activity to enliven the opera without distracting from the drama at its heart, and at crucial moments, she kept the stage action focused firmly on the main characters and the music.” David Flesher, South Florida Classical Review, January 25, 2020 for Turandot at Palm Beach Opera.


“Stage director Keturah Stickann effectively guided the many comings and goings over the opera’s 23 scenes…” Roy C. Dicks, The News and Observer, September 30, 2017 for North Carolina Opera’s Cold Mountain


“Stickann’s staging created several noteworthy pictures including the community of the Underworld staged right as Orfeo broke through each gate and barrier. ” Todd Pullan, The Post-Journal, July 11, 2017  for Chautauqua Institution’s L’Orfeo