Stage director Alan E. Hicks has spent the past two decades in professional opera and theatre. Turning his attention to direction following stints as a professional singer and teacher, his work has been described as “powerful and deeply moving,” “imaginatively directed,” “absolutely brilliant,” “gorgeous,” and “real magic.” He has directed productions for organizations throughout the United States and in Europe including Minnesota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Miami Music Festival, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Shenandoah Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Iowa. Alan has also served on the directing and production staffs of Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, and Tulsa Opera. In 2013, he was appointed Director of the Emerging Artist Program at Green Mountain Opera Festival, a position he held until the company's closing in 2015. Recent engagements include All is calm: the Christmas truce of 1914 for San Diego Opera, Flight for San Diego State University, Ariadne auf Naxos for Minnesota Opera, L’elisir d’amore for Opera Santa Barbara, L'amico Fritz and L'italiana in Algeri for the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston, Albert Herring and Die Zauberflöte for Shenandoah University, and Albert Herring and The turn of the screw for the Miami Music Festival. In addition to his work with such venerable operatic performers as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Silvia McNair, and Thomas Hampson as well as rising stars Erin Morley, Kate Lindsey, Hannah Hipp, Brian Jagde, Amber Wagner, and Nadine Sierra, Alan has assisted renowned opera directors Chris Alexander, Linda Brovsky, Jay Lesenger, Peter Kazaras and Broadway veterans Susan Strohman and Sam Buntrock. A native of Mississippi, Alan holds degrees in Music Education, Vocal Performance, and Opera Directing from Mississippi State University, Rice University, and The University of Texas at Austin (respectively). Alan is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).