(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. 

Trained as a musicologist, he 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. 

He has professional directing affiliation with the Curtis Institute of Music, the Merola Opera program, Lyric Opera Chicago, the Atlanta Opera, Urban AriasWolf Trap Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

In the fall of 2018, he will begin an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Opera Directing at University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. 


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

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

B.M., Northwestern University, 2012