Carol Bixler has a broad background in both commercial and non-commercial theater, music, and dance and came to CalArts after several years producing projects on the East Coast. For four years she was Managing Director and Associate Producer of En Garde Arts, New York City’s premiere site-specific theater company. En Garde projects during her tenure included an award-winning production of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, performed by Fiona Shaw and directed by Deborah Warner in the now-demolished Liberty Theater on 42nd Street; The Trojan Women A Love Story by Charles L. Mee, directed by Tina Landau, performed by a 34-member company in the long-abandoned East River Park Amphitheater; J.P. Morgan Saves The Nation, an original music theater work by Jonathan (“Rent”) Larson and Jeffrey Jones, performed on the steps of Federal Hall by a 30-member ensemble; and Mystery School, performed by Tyne Daly in a 150-year-old synagogue on the Lower East Side. Sweet Theresienstadt, based on real events at the Terezin concentration camp outside Prague, was co-developed with the Archa Theater of Prague; it was featured in the Archa’s repertory for two years and toured to the Bonn Festival.
She co-produced the Center for New Theater at CalArts’ inaugural production of King Lear, both in its world premiere at the Brewery in Los Angeles in 2002 and for its subsequent production in 2003 in France at the Frictions Festival, sponsored by Theatre Dijon Bourgogne. As Producing Director of the Center for New Performance at CalArts, she has produced Macbeth: A Modern Ecstasy, which opened at REDCAT in 2004 and has subsequently been performed in London, Sydney, and Adelaide and September 11, 2001, which opened in 2005 at REDCAT and toured throughout France last summer to the Frictions Festival in Dijon, the Theatre de Grammont in Montpellier, and the Theatre de la Colline in Paris. Most recently, she produced CNP’s 2006 production of What to Wear?, a new postmodern rock opera with libretto and direction by Richard Foreman and music by Michael Gordon.
Prior to moving to New York, Ms. Bixler was Associate Producer at the American Music Theater Festival (now the Prince Music Theater) in Philadelphia, heading CrossCurrents, AMTF’s initiative to commission and produce new music theater works with scores by established composers who had never worked in the theater. CrossCurrents projects included productions of The Mystery Of Love (libretto by Sekou Sundiata and music by Douglas Booth) and Chippy (written and performed by “Texas outlaw” musicians Jo Harvey Allen, Terry Allen, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock), which was presented in 1994 at Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun! Festival. Projects also included the world premiere of Floyd Collins by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau, Lulu Noire, a jazz opera adaptation of Wedekind’s Lulu plays, composed by Jon Faddis with libretto and direction by Lee Breuer, and Sacred Rhythms, with a book by Eduardo Machado and score by Paquita D’Rivera.
She has provided production dramaturgy and research for several projects, including a new translation of Gorky’s Summer Folk, a new music-theater work based on the life of Artaud, and a music-theater work about the development of the Salvation Army. She also provided the English translation (from the Italian) for Travis Preston’s production of Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore by Luigi Nono at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. She holds a M.F.A. in Theater from Columbia University.