Ring 2013 Speaker
Michael Hackett is a Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Theater. He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at The Hague; the Centrum Sztuki Studio and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw; Santa Fe Short Story Festival; Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; Los Angeles Opera (children's series); Musica Angelica; Antaeus Company; Geffen Playhouse; and 12 radio productions for LA Theater Works. For three years, he taught at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where he co-designed and instituted a music-drama program and gave a series of lecture/demonstrations for the Royal College of Music; he has also given workshops for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and conducted Greek chorus workshops and performances for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center since 1995.
His directing projects for the Getty Villa include Sophocles’ Philoktetes with Henry Goodman for the Villa Theater Lab and his recent staging of the satyr play The Trackers, also by Sophocles. The collected set of his four radio productions of plays by Oscar Wilde, including The Importance of Being Earnest with Charles Busch, was chosen as one of the “Best Audio Books of 2010” by The Library Journal. Familiar to opera audiences in Southern California, he has lectured extensively for the Los Angeles Opera and, for these activities, he was given the 5th Annual Peter Hemmings Award by the Opera League of Los Angeles
He has a B.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Drama and the Humanities.