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German stage director Joachim Rathke studied musicology and Romance languages at the University of Hamburg and continued his studies of Opera Direction at the “Hans Eisler” Musikhochschule in Berlin. From 19951-998, he was Cristoph Marthaler’s assistant at the Kiel Opera House, Stockholm’s Folkopern, Braunschweig State Theater and the Frankfurt Opera. In 1998, he was appointed resident stage director at the Berlin State Opera working with stage directors Harry Kupfer, Thomas Langhoff and Jürgen Flimm. Mr Rathe works as a free-lance director and has directed in Salzburg, English National Opera, Basel, Milan, Bangkok, Giessen, Aachen, Koblenz, Freiburg and recently a new production of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung in Leipzig. He has also taught at the Leipzig Music Academy and the Academy of Film and Television in Munich.
Adam Cates in a New York based director, choreographer, educator, and author. Mr. Cates has choreographed Eugene Onegin for the Juilliard Opera and at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall was the associate director for Hansel & Gretel and associate choreographer for the Richard Tucker at 100 Gala with Susan Graham and Babes In Toyland. Recent Broadway credits include Tony-winning productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and Anything Goes, and Tommy Tune’s national tour of Doctor Dolittle. Additional associate choreography credits include productions for The Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Symphony, and on television 90210 and Live from Lincoln Center. In Iowa, Cates was the resident choreographer for the Way Off Broadway theatre company at the Sondheim Center in Fairfield from 2008-2012. Some of the 13 productions he directed or choreographed for WOB include Big River, Peter Pan, and Hair. In New York, Mr. Cates has directed and choreographed works at 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Signature Theater, BB Kings, Galapagos Arts Space, City Center, NYMF; regional productions for Gulfshore Playhouse, Nevada Rep, and The Chance Theater; and a holiday concert tour for Iowa favorite Diana Upton-Hill. He is the author of the book The Business of Show: a Guide to the Entertainment Business for the Performing Artist. He has taught recent residencies for Texas State University, University of Nevada-Reno, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Ithaca College, and is on faculty of Rosie O’Donnell’s Maravel Arts Center/Professional Performing Arts School in New York. Mr. Cates holds a degree in theatre from the University of Utah. Upcoming projects include The Rape of Lucretia (Juilliard Opera), Cinderella (Avery Fisher Hall), My Fair Lady (Reno Philharmonic Orchestra), and Kiss Me Kate (Hartford Stage/The Old Globe). www.adamcates.com