Raymond Zilberberg is a New York based, multi-lingual director of opera, musicals & dramas. Originally from Montreal, & raised in a household of Russian immigrants he is fluent in Russian, French & has a working knowledge of Hebrew & Yiddish.
In his native Canada, Raymond founded One Foot Productions, a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to revitalizing English musical theatre. In 2005, after four successful years as Artistic Director he moved to New York where he graduated from Columbia University with an M.F.A. in directing.
With a sophisticated eye for stage composition, he strives to build tension between grand spectacle, heightened perspective & grounded intimate relationships. His extensive experience in musical theatre as well as his graduate studies in text work and dramaturgy, have infused Raymond's work with a strong sense of collaboration, movement & accessible storytelling.
Currently Raymond is assisting director Paul Curran on a new production of Samson & Dalila at Virginia Opera and will direct a double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci with Boheme Opera Company in Trenton New Jersey. He just completed directing an exciting new production of Into the Woods at St. Petersburg Opera in Florida and recently directed a critically acclaimed sold out production of Tosca with LoftOpera in an old Brooklyn bus depot. Raymond had the pleasure of directing the first American revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine in New York. He has assisted notable directors such as Christopher Alden on Sweeney Todd at the Glimmerglass Festival, Molly Smith on Brecht’s Mother Courage starring Kathleen Turner at Arena Stage, and Andrei Serban on Khovantchina by Mussorgsky at the Paris National Opera. In addition to existing works, Raymond works on new play development with NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre program students every spring. Raymond is also an acting coach and a teaching artist.
When not working in the arts, Raymond is a Project Manager for corporate events. Recent clients include Samsung, Google, and Fox.