Walker Lewis’s moving and visually striking productions are increasingly in demand across the USA and abroad. Known for both breathing fresh life into classics and creating thrilling world premieres, Walker’s work encompasses opera, music theatre, and theatre from the Baroque to the present. Recent and upcoming productions include Apprentice Scenes at Santa Fe Opera, The Threepenny Opera and The Pirates of Penzance at Amarillo Opera, The Companion with American Opera Projects/American Modern Ensemble, Tamar da Timna (world premiere) and Il Campanello with Garden State Opera, La clemenza di Tito with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Le nozze di Figaro and Radamisto with Manhattan Opera Studio, and The Whole Truth and The Cask of Amontillado with American Modern Ensemble.
Walker and his design team (David Meyer: set, Grace Trimble: costumes) won the Tobin Director-Designer Showcase grant from Opera America for his concept of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. His team's presentation at the Opera Conference in Vancouver was streamed live and watched by over 18,000 people worldwide.
Water Music, his collaboration with Vertical Player Repertory, featured condensations of the operas Tales of Hoffman, Il Tabarro, and A View from the Bridge, and was performed on the Granite Esplanade in Brooklyn Bridge Park. He has also collaborated with Pocket Opera, Concordia Conservatory, and Featherstone Center for the Arts.
As an Assistant Director, Walker's credits include working with Andrei Serban on Otello at the Paris Opera, (featuring Renee Fleming, Alexandrs Antonenko, and Michael Fabiano), Ned Canty on La Fille du Regiment at Santa Fe Opera, and Lillian Groag on Le nozze di Figaro at Opera San Jose.
Walker is passionate about creating new and innovative operas, and has developed several recent new works with composers and librettists Robert Paterson, Mark Campbell, Nizan Leibovich, and Francesco Santelli. Past music theater world premieres include Gods & Goddesses (Matt Van Brink), Momo (Colin McGrath), Monsterland (Rami Vamos/Greg Pierce), Momotaro, and The Gooseflesh Niteclub Circus (Zach Layton).
Walker has also had great success with Baroque material. Critically acclaimed productions include Monteverdi's Il ballo delle Ingrate (Poisson Rouge), It's Complicated (Dixon Place), and Schutz's Christmas Oratorio with lauded early music groups Musica Nuova and the Weckmann Project; and Handel's Radamisto with Manhattan Opera Studio.
In theatre, his work includes Liddy’s Sammiches, Potions, and Baths (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Life Is a Dream (Magis Theatre), and A Dream Play (Lincoln Center Directors Lab). His production of Uncomfortable Sex beat 34 other plays to win Best Production in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Fall One Act Festival.
Walker developed his craft with some of the greatest names in world performance. He spent two years in Paris studying with theatre and movement master Jacques Lecoq, and earned his MFA at Columbia University training with Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart, and Kristin Linklater, among other great artists. He has also studied with Peter Brook and Robert Wilson.
Walker’s unique perspective on performance stems from his varied international career as a director, actor, classical singer, and dancer. He lived in Hungary for two years, and has performed and directed across Europe and in Japan.