Stage Director


Mo Zhou


Originally from China, Mo Zhou is a stage director based in New York City.

During the 2019 – 20 season, Ms. Zhou will make her directing debut at the Florida Grand Opera with Don Giovanni. Later this season, she will return to China and revive her acclaimed production of The Diaries of John Rabe at Jiangsu Centre of Performing Arts and turn this production into a 4K opera movie. The production of The Diaries of John Rabe is slated for an American tour at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in June 2020.

The highlight of her 2018-19 season is making her directing debut in China and Europe with the new opera she has originally conceived, The Diaries of John Rabe. The opera follows how John Rabe, a German businessman as well as a Nazi member, saved 250,000 Chinese refugees during the Rape of Nanking in 1937. After a successful run at the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, this production became the first non-European piece invited to perform at the Staatsoper Berlin, Elbphilharmonie as well as the Ronacher Theater in Vienna. 

Other directing credits include Orphee aux enfers at the Juilliard School, the Apprentice Scenes at the Santa Fe Opera, Rusalka at Opera Steamboat Colorado, as well as the world premiere of Hanlon/Kelly’s outdoor children’s opera Listen, Wilhelmina! with Wolf Trap Opera. Previous works include serving as directing staff with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. 

Ms. Zhou has spent two years as the James Marcus Directing Fellow at the Juilliard School, working alongside Stephen Wadsworth. In addition, she has completed directing fellowships at Wolf Trap Opera, the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Williamstown Theater Festival. She was the leading artist on the winning team of OPERA America Director-Designers Showcase in 2013 for her production concept of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah.

She studied English and Theater at Bowdoin College and completed her MFA in Stage Directing from Columbia University.