Rory Pelsue is a director of operas, musicals, new plays, and classics. Rory's Upcoming projects include his L.O.R.T. debut directing the world premiere of Read to Me at Portland Stage, assisting Sir David McVicar on the Metropolitan Opera Premiere of Agrippina, and a new adaptation of Titus Andronicus at Queens College.
Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, Rory recently received his MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where he received the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize for directing. At Yale, Rory directed Passion , Tent Revival, Othello , Bluebeard's Wife and Cloud People, and assisted James Bundy on Assassins at Yale Repertory Theater.
Rory served as the Associate Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret’s 50th Anniversary Season, where he directed The Apple Tree and And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens . As Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret's 2017 season, Rory co-curated a four-play season of radical adaptations of classics entitled Canon Balle, directing Antony + Cleopatra and Mies Julie . Additional artistic leadership experience includes serving as associate director of MaineStage Shakespeare (where he directed Richard III) and artistic director of Oxbridge Opera, a UK-based company that specialized in rarely-heard editions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. With Oxbridge, Rory directed Princess Ida, The Sorcerer , The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers and Ruddigore at the Buxton Opera House in Derbyshire, England. Rory’s Ruddigore won Third Place at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and both Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard received nominations for Best Traditional Production.
Resume highlights include Next to Normal at Quinnipiac University, Thoroughly Modern Millie for the Boston Children’s Theatre, The Children’s Hour for the University of Pennsylvania Players, Philadelphia Noir for the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and No Exit for the Fordham University Mimes and Mummers, and Dear Deirdre at Dixon Place. Rory has assisted Stephen Wadsworth on Beaumarchais’ The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro at the McCarter Theater, Yuri Kordonsky on The Dog, the Night, and the Knife at the Irondale Theater and a benefit reading of Twentieth Century at the Roundabout Theater Company, directed by Walter Bobbie and starring Alec Baldwin.
He received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where he directed Holiday, Titus Andronicus, and Faux Real. While studying abroad at Oxford University, Rory directed Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring.