Emily Cuk has distinguished herself in a variety of creative productions in academic through community and professional venues. After assistant directing on Pegasus Early Music’s Dido and Aeneas and directing a semi-staged production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, she is thrilled to be returning as the Stage Director for Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in August 2020. As a Directing Fellow for Wolf Trap Opera’s 2019 season, she directed Ravel’s L’heure espagnole as well as the Studio Artist Scenes Program. Emily is an Adjunct Faculty member at Nazareth College, having directed Menotti’s The Medium and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Emily received a Master of Music degree in Opera Directing at the Eastman School of Music, where she directed Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück, Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea, and Barber’s Hand of Bridge. A graduate of Bard College, she studied music with an emphasis on opera performance, and has frequently returned as a guest Stage Director for the Undergraduate Opera Program.