Stephen Tiller is the new Artistic Director of Kent Opera. After many years as a writer, director and producer of Theatre, he has more recently become passionate about opera. He has made two successful pieces for OperaMachine, of which he is also Artistic Director, the first based on Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, and Finding Butterfly, a version of Madame Butterfly set in post-World War II Japan. The Consul premiered at a derelict found space in Shoreditch and later had a 25 performance run at Limehouse Town Hall with a chorus of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Finding Butterfly, in association with SOHO Theatre, was also performed in a found space setting and once again had a three week run before touring to Japan for the Tottori International Theatre Festival.
In the Spring of 2017, on the basis of this work, Stephen was asked by Kent Opera to direct a version of Otello alongside a 90 minute version of Shakespeare’s Othello – two productions – that toured to the Brighton Festival and venues in Kent and London, including the Jerwood Space. He is delighted to be taking over as Artistic Director at this moment and to build on the past work of the team, including Andrew Charity, Kent Opera’s long-time Director of Music, and Music Director of OperaUpClose’s La Boheme that won an Olivier Award for Best Opera in 2011.