Bringing to play 30 years as an internationally renowned operatic tenor, Marc Deaton also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a stage director. His education consists of intensive study with attention to both music, acting, and drama. Marc began a professional theatre company in Madison Connecticut in 2010, Madison Lyric Stage, where he serves as Artistic Director. In the last several seasons, he has directed, produced, and often performed in plays, operas, and musicals in widely contrasting styles, “with an emphasis on the human elements in productions, alongside a fresh unique view for the audience often transforming traditional repertoire into something fascinating and beautiful”.
Additionally, Marc Deaton has staged and produced many revues and themed concerts of varying composers including Sondheim, Webber, Weill and Britten. He has established his unique vision for interactive and immersive theatre applied to both grand lyric and traditional theatre. Bringing his training acquired from esteemed directors in theatres throughout the world to his own company, and now to opera and theatre companies worldwide, Marc’s passion for theatre of all styles shows clearly in his work on the stage, creating new and evocative productions with his company Madison Lyric Stage along with upcoming opportunities both in the United States and Europe.
Marc studied theater at Southern Utah University, home to the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he was blessed with great guidance from both faculty members and visiting artists to the festival. This work and mentoring provided Marc with a strong acting technique and fervent desire to direct and eventually lead his own company that would encompass both lyric and spoken theatre.
Marc also created an emerging artists program, now in its 7th season, providing masterclasses, and full productions for these artists by leading them through their journey of becoming experienced and developed artists.
Full Productions that Marc has Directed:
Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen…Tennessee Williams
Macbeth…. William Shakespeare
Peter Grimes…Benjamin Britten & Montague Slater
The Glass Menagerie…Tennessee Williams
A Little Night Music…Stephen Sondheim
Evita…Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
Salome… Richard Strauss
Blithe Spirit…Noel Coward
Jesus Christ Superstar… Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
Agnes of God…John Pielmeier
Company…Stephen Sondheim & George Furth
The Turn of the Screw… Benjamin Britten & Myfanwy Piper
We Lived Only for the Music: Max Lorenz and the Third Reich…Marc Deaton
Of Mice and Men…Carlisle Floyd
Into the Woods… Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine
Hansel & Gretel…Engelbert Humperdinck
And coming soon!
On Golden Pond…Ernest Thompson
Ariadne auf Naxos…Richard Strauss & Hugo von Hofmannstahl
Suor Angelica…Giacomo Puccini
The Boys in the Band…Mart Crowley
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street…Stephen Sondheim & Hugh wheeler