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Kimille Howard is a New York based director, deviser, writer and filmmaker. Currently, she leads as the appointed Artistic Director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, a co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive, and the new co-captain of Programming and Production for The Fled Collective.  Kimille was awarded Best Director at the 2016 Thespis Festival for It’s All About Lorrie by Joseph Krawczyk (Hudson Theater) which received a commercial run at The American Theater of Actors in 2017. She is a current member of The New Georges’ Jam, a participant in New York Stage and Film’s inaugural NYSAF NEXUS project, and a former Resident Director at the Flea Theater. She was the Series Producer for American Opera Project’s first season of Music As the Message.

This season, Howard will direct The Italian Girl with Tulsa Opera, the revival of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson with the Washington National Opera, Plantation Black with Playwright’s Horizon, Honey and Leon at Theatre Row, Songs in Flight at the Met Museum with Sparks & Wiry Cries, and On the Town for Montclair University,  as well as return as Assistant Director at the Metropolitan Opera for both Champion and Die Zauberflöte. [read more...]


"presided over a visually clear and attractive staging" – Hyde Park Herald

Quamino's Map – “Director Kimille Howard presided over a visually clear and attractive staging, even when the Studebaker Theater boards were packed with principals and chorus.”


"Kimille Howard directed a[n]...effective production." – Washington Classical Review

L’Amant Anonyme – "Kimille Howard directed a minimal but effective production. Technicolor costumes situated the action in the 18th century, with some of the character dynamics further fleshed out by a zany dumbshow staged during the overture."


"...a testament to the power of clear vision." – I care if you listen

Death by Life – "Based on original writings by incarcerated authors and their families, Death by Life is a testament to the power of clear vision. The 90-minute live digital opera is the latest production from White Snake Projects, an activist opera company committed to transmedia work and partnerships with non-musical activist communities. Using a custom software Tutti Remote, engineers Jon Robertson and Paul Deziel mixed live feeds of four singers located in California, Nebraska, Illinois, and New York and integrated Unreal Engine’s 3D environments into a live YouTube stream. At the May 20, 2021 premiere, singers Aaron Blake, Lucia Bradford, Nicholas Davis, and Tiana Sorenson were impressively synced, tuned, and compelling."


"Strip away the remarkable visuals and technological wizardry, and Death by Life is the stuff of which opera is made. " – Seen and Heard International

Death by Life – "Strip away the remarkable visuals and technological wizardry, and Death by Life is the stuff of which opera is made. Death by Life is great theater with an activist edge that brings to mind Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart or Jonathan Larson’s Rent. Just as those authors made AIDS real for audiences with no personal experience of the disease, Death by Life does it for the twin evils of systemic racism and mass incarceration. And, like the other two plays, Death by Life left me with tears in my eyes, as well as the unsettling realization that Orange Crush is not just a soft drink."



Vanessa Uzan


Aaron Sanko


Lisa Bremer

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