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George Cederquist

Chicago Fringe Opera
Artistic Director
George is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fringe Opera (called “the city’s alt-opera company” by the Chicago Tribune), which produces experiential, immersive, and site-specific productions of operas composed in English. At CFO, George has directed THE ROSSINI PROJECT (workshop), THE GREAT GOD PAN (world premiere), LUCREZIA, IN THE PENAL COLONY, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, TROUBLE IN TAHITI, and THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA.

In addition, George has directed opera scenes at Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera, and new productions at Pittsburgh Opera, the Bay View Music Festival, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Chicago Opera Vanguard. An enthusiastic mentor, George has taught acting, auditioning and scene study at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University/CCPA, North Park University, and DePaul University.

Now in its third season, George hosts OPERA BOX SCORE, America’s Talk Radio Show About Opera, heard every Monday on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago. The show tackles the week’s opera headlines and discusses them in a sports talk radio format. #operaballs

A recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Directing, George’s production of SILENT NIGHT was chosen as a winner of Opera America’s 2013 Director-Designer competition. As one of ten Americans to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, George served as a Regieassistent at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.

George’s training includes the Resident Artist Stage Director program at Pittsburgh Opera, serving as the Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program, and as the Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera. He holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University. A dual US-UK citizen, George is an ensemble member of Steep Theatre Company (Chicago) and a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists.

He lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat, in Chicago.