(b. 1990, Charleston, South Carolina) 

Marcus Shields is a New York City based director who specializes in the presentation and performance of classical music and opera. 

He is the recipient of the 2017 Drama League Opera Directing Fellowship in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. 

His work ranges in scale from installation/ performance art to fully produced theater and blends his various skills (pianist/ singer/ visual artist/ director) into cross disciplinary pieces that probe the boundaries of genre. 

Recently, he has directed IDOMENEO for CCM Opera, LA VIDA BREVE for Cincinnati Chamber Opera, JOAN OF ARC for CCM Philharmonia and THE BOLCOM CABARET with touring engagements at the Neue Galerie, NYC, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, D.C. 

In May of 2018, he will direct Bernstein’s MASS for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Choir. 

He has served on the directing staff of the Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Curtis institute of Music and frequently collaborates with Kevin Newbury, R. B. Schlather, and Daniel Fish.

Trained as a musicologist, Shields has, at times, moonlighted as a grant/ proposal writer, worked as a rehearsal pianist/ music director (Northwestern University’s musical theatre program), and sung professionally (concert/ opera) throughout the United States. In collaboration with pianist Alan Darling, he founded a Chicago based artist collective (no tiny birds) dedicated to non traditional recital presentation. 



A.D., College Conservatory of Music (UC), 2017

M.M., College Conservatory of Music (UC), 2015

B.M., Northwestern University, 2012