James Darrah (stage director and costume designer) is a Los Angeles-based director, production designer, and visual artist. His recent work includes directing the world premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the tenth anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall; collaborations with Peter Sellars in staging John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary; a short film to accompany Schoenberg’s Book of the Hanging Gardens for the Theater@Boston Court in Los Angeles; and two new productions for Chicago Opera Theater directing, designing, and choreographing Handel's Teseo and Charpentier’s Médée.
Upcoming projects include his Lincoln Center debut with Handel’s Radamisto for the Juilliard School, a new production of Handel's Agrippina for Opera Omaha, a debut with Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle directing and choreographing Handel's Semele, as well as a new production of Don Giovanni for the Merola Opera Program. Mr. Darrah first collaborated with the SFS as director and production designer of last season’s production of Peer Gynt. He received his MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and he has been awarded the James Pendleton Foundation Grant and the Princess Grace Award in Theater.