Stepan Atamian

stepan atamian
Cohort Year: 2019
Education: BA, Columbia University, 2016: MA, UChicago, 2019


I graduated from Columbia University in German Literature and Cultural History in 2016. As an undergraduate, I managed the university's opera company, and also worked as a programmer for two New York radio station’s weekly opera programs. I received my Master of Arts in the Humanities with a focus on Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago in 2019. My Masters thesis was on the Bayreuther Festspiele’s two most recent stagings of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg that presented the opera in relation to its effective history.

My current interests include the operas of Richard Wagner and Strauss, German tragedy (especially those by Heinrich von Kleist and Hugo von Hofmannsthaal), and Brecht’s model of eplc theatre. More specifically, I am interested in further examining contemporary productions by German-based directors such as Thomas Ostermeier, Frank Castorf, and Barrie Kosky. In addition to my academic work, I work as an artist manager for a roster of international opera singers, conductors, and instrumentalists.