Margaret Jumonville is an opera stage director based in Pennsylvania. Her interests as a director include innovation within the art from, queer representation in opera (with a focus on pants roles!), and demystifying acting methods for singers. She gives private dramatic coaching and acting & movement classes for opera singers. She is also a production manager for both theater and opera, working on shows virtually and in New York and Chicago.
Directing credits include: Alcina, Hansel und Gretel, Alcina: A Virtual Opera, Le nozze di Figaro, Giulio Cesare, La voix humaine, Riders to the Sea, A Game of Chance (Chicago Summer Opera); Pimpinone (Texas Early Music Project); Mansfield Park, La clemenza di Tito, Cosi fan tutte, Suor Angelica (Butler Opera Center); Cavalleria Rusticana (Opera Steamboat), Fairy Queen (Opera NEO); In Light, Golden (Cohen New Works Festival). An avid supporter of new opera, Margaret has directed world premieres, staged readings, and concert presentations of new compositions, and enjoys working with composers. As an Assistant Director and/or Stage Manager, Margaret has worked with The VORTEX, CAATA at Victory Gardens, Opéra Louisiane, Opera NEO, Opera Steamboat, Generic Ensemble Company, University of Texas Theater & Dance, and Butler Opera International voice competition.
Margaret has trained in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints with the SITI Company. As part of her directing training, Margaret was a Fellowship Director with Opera NEO, Opera Steamboat, and Chicago Summer Opera.
She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, MM in Voice from Duquesne University and MM in Opera Directing from the University of Texas at Austin, and DMA in Opera Directing from UT-Austin.
Margaret lives in Pennsylvania with her partner and their 15-year-old whippet, Mila.