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Chuck Hudson, Adjunct Faculty Artist: Period, Style, Movement and Molière Texts
Based in New York City, Chuck Hudson has directed opera productions at major regional companies including Minnesota Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera Center, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, AVA Opera Theatre, and Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater. He has directed award-winning theatre productions in New York and regionally, including The Pearl Theatre (receiving a Callaway Award from Actor’s Equity Association), The Children's Theatre Festival of Houston, New City Theatre, and Chicago's Fox Valley Shakespeare Festival. He has also served as movement and combat director at the Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet, Intiman Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, Group Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Festival. His original opera-theatre works, La Casa Verdi and Orpheus Sings of Love, have both been performed on the West Coast. Hudson was artistic director of Seattle's The Immediate Theatre, a physically based company committed to the creation of visually exciting dramatic works. His specialty in movement comes from a background in gymnastics as well as being one of three Americans to have received a diploma from the Marcel Marceau International School of Mimedrama in Paris. The only American to be appointed to teach at Marceau's School, he performed with Marceau on his 1991 European Tour and in Klaus Kinski's film PAGANINI. Hudson also studied at the Paris School for Theatrical Fencing and was awarded an Honorary Diploma from the French Academy of Arms. Acting roles include Orsino in “Twelfth Night,” Brutus in “Julius Caesar,” Petruchio in “Taming of the Shrew,” and Caliban in “The Tempest.” In addition to directing, Hudson continues to focus on his work with young professional artists. He is a co-creator of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program, a national post-conservatory-level training program, where he created and instructed specialized classes on acting and movement for singers, and where he directed Così fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro. He has been a professor at the University of Houston School of Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, AVA Opera Theatre and USC-Thornton School of Music.