Jay Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. Scheib is a 2011-2012 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2012 OBIE Winner for Best Direction, and is internationally known for works of daring physicality, genre-defying performances and deep integration of new (and used) technologies.
His production of Thomas Adès' opera Powder Her Face played to great acclaim at BAM and Festival Opéra de Québec in Canada. Other recent works for the stage have included a new contemporary ballet collaboration with choreographer Yin Mei and the Hong Kong Dance Company titled Seven Sages, which premiered in March 2012; a new staging of Fassbinder's controversial play Garbage, the City and Death with the Norwegian Theater Academy in Oslo; and Scheib's original adaptation of Fassbinder's World of Wires, which premiered at The Kitchen and for which Scheib was awarded a 2012 OBIE Award for Best Direction.
In 2009, he was named Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York and one of the 25 theater artists who will shape the next 25 years of American theater by American Theater Magazine. Scheib is a recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, the Richard Sherwood Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Fellowship and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a professor of music and theater arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the program in Theater Arts.