Tim Ocel


Tim Ocel

Director, Stones in His Pockets

Tim Ocel’s theater work associates him with American Players Theatre (An Improbable Fiction, The Book of Will, A View from the Bridge, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Exit the King). Other productions include Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winter’s Tale); Theatre Emory in Atlanta (The Greek Project: Agamemnon/Electra, The Good Person of Setzuan, G. B. Shaw’s Back to Methuselah); Georgia Shakespeare (King Lear, Measure for Measure, Richard II); and Sacramento Theatre Company (Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, The Grapes of Wrath, A Raisin in the Sun, Lonely Planet, 5th of July, The Mandrake, A Christmas Carol).

Mr. Ocel has also directed productions for Indiana Repertory Theatre (Every Brilliant Thing, The Whipping Man, Death of a Salesman, Art); Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY (My Fair Lady, 12 Angry Men, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, A Christmas Carol) and The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University (Fahrenheit 451, The Children’s Hour, Carousel, The Threepenny Opera, The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Caucasian Chalk Circle).

Some of Mr. Ocel’s directing credentials in the world of opera include the St. Louis premieres of Dead Man Walking and Doubt at Union Avenue Opera; Opera Theatre of St. Louis (Carmen, La Boheme, Haydn’s Armida, and the American premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Arianna); Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Billy Budd, The Elixir of Love, Salome, Verdi’s Macbeth, Un Ballo in Maschera); Opera Pacific (The Marriage of Figaro); and Boston Lyric Opera (La Boheme, Tosca, Candide).

Other productions in St. Louis include A Streetcar Named Desire and The Night of the Iguana (Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis), Jackie and Me (Metro Theatre Company), Old Wicked Songs and New Jerusalem (New Jewish Theater).

As an educator, Tim has taught at Webster University in The Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Washington University as Director of the Opera Scenes program, and was an Associate Professor of Opera at the University of Kansas – Lawrence.

Tim resides in St. Louis with his husband, Peter Shank.

Website: www.timocel.com

Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union