Corinne Hayes is a stage director, dramaturg and educator, and has recently been named Director of Acting for the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland; in Spring 2023, she leads a new production of Don Giovanni in collaboration with the Maryland Opera Studio and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Corinne's 22-23 season also includes a staged reading of a new work by composer Justine F. Chen and playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger (TWA, based on a 17th-century murder ballad), a new staging of Le nozze di Figaro for Annapolis Opera, and a return to Miami Music Festival for L'incoronazione di Poppea.
In addition to her role at the university, Corinne serves as Artistic Advisor for DC-based opera theater company IN Series, where she works closely with Artistic Director Timothy Nelson; with IN Series, Corinne conceived and directed a virtual production of Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata, directed the world premiere of ZAVALA-ZAVALA, and has served as Creative Producer on Black Flute, BOHEME in the Heights, and OTHELLO/DESDEMONA.
Corinne’s long association with Washington National Opera includes serving as Assistant Director to Francesca Zambello (Candide, The Little Prince) and E. Loren Meeker (Don Giovanni). In recent seasons, Corinne has created new productions for Miami Music Festival, Opera Mississippi, and Winter Opera St. Louis; beyond the rehearsal hall, Corinne has presented courses and lectures at the University of Maryland, Temple University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Webster University. As an assistant and associate director, Corinne is honored to have worked with such notable artists as Ken Cazan at Central City Opera, James Darrah at Opera Philadelphia, and Tito Capobianco at Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.