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Stasi Schaeffer trained in Glasgow at the RSAMD (MA in Classical and Contemporary Text-Directing ). She holds a BFA from Boston University and was a participant in Lincoln Center's Directors Lab West.

She was awarded an FST Assistant Director bursary for work with Scottish Opera in 2012-13. During this period she assisted Jonathan Cocker on Tosca, Sir Thomas Allen on Don Giovanni, Annilese Miskimmon on La traviata and Pia Furtado on the Opera Highlights tour.

Additional UK operatic work includes the Royal Opera House (assisting Robert Carsen for Dialogues des Carmélites - she will return as staff director in May 2015 for La traviata). She directed for Opera Breve in 2013 - One Day This Will Be Long Ago (The Arches) and Toi Toi Toi (Edinburgh Fringe).

She has worked extensively in Scottish theatre. Productions at Glasgow's Òran Mór include It's Only Words, The Friends of Miss Dorian Gray (also at the Aberdeen Lemon Tree), Butterfly Kiss, Serov's People, Loyalty & Operation Phantom Fury. She also assisted Julie Ellen on Baltimire. At the Glasgow Tron she directed God of Soho, and assisted Andy Arnold on Edwin Morgan Dreams and other Nightmares, and Mark Saunders on Eichard III (also in Essen). At the Arches, Glasgow, her productions include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sensory Theatre), Marriage à la Mode, and Dead Man's Cell Phone (UK premiere). She directed 51 Shades of Maggie (Revival Director-Scottish Number 1 Theatre Tour), and Whingeing Women (King's Theatre).

Other UK experience includes The Fragmented Life of Dorothy Lawrence (co-director-RCS, Cockpit Theatre, Traverse), Lessons with Chopin (Edinburgh Fringe), and God of Soho (Hampstead, Traverse).

In the US, she has worked for Warner Brothers Television, as well as directing Odysseus Swims for It (NY premiere) and Topdog/Underdog, and Rocky Horror Show (MI).

Stasi was a nominee for the All Area Arts Award and her production of Operation Phantom Fury was named by The Scotsman as one of the top 7 theatre events in Scotland for 2012. She is also co-author of the Theatre for Young Audiences piece What's the Difference? 

December 2014

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