Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre in Toronto, and is the Artistic Director of Banff Centre’s “Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century” program. His directing credits include productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera and the Canadian Opera Company), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival in Australia) and Le nozze di Figaro (revival at Norwegian National Opera). He is the author of five (and counting) original librettos including Opera on the Edge’s upcoming #UncleJohn (adaptation of Don Giovanni). He was a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction (AtG’s Figaro’s Wedding), Outstanding New Opera/Musical (AtG’s #UncleJohn) and the recipient of the same prize for Figaro’s Wedding. Recent mainstage directing credits include Canadian Children's Opera Company (Brundibár), a new production of Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s The Seven Deadly Sins) . His 2017/2018 engagements include ; a return to Minnesota Opera for his production of Dead Man Walking and a new production of Die Fledermaus at the Royal Conservatory of Music.