Rory Pelsue is a director of operas, musicals, new plays, and classics. Most recently, he directed the live-stream production of Circle Jerk with Fake Friends. In 2019-2020, he made his L.O.R.T. debut directing the world premiere of Read to Me at Portland Stage, directed Deathbed Edition at Ars Nova ANT Fest, a workshop of Circle Jerk at Ars Nova Maker’s Lab, and assisted Sir David McVicar on the Metropolitan Opera Premiere of Handel’s Agrippina. Upcoming projects include Sunday in the Park with George at Northwestern University and the world premiere of The Show on the Roof at Boise Contemporary Theater. He is one of 12 inaugural members of the Roundabout Directors Group


Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, Rory 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, The Apple TreeAnd Tell Sad Stories of the Death of QueensAntony + Cleopatra and Mies Julie . 


Additional artistic leadership experience includes serving as artistic director of Yale Cabaret, Yale Summer Cabaret, MaineStage Shakespeare, and Oxbridge Opera, a UK-based company that specialized in rarely-heard editions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Rory has taught Directing, Theater History, and Acting Shakespeare at Queens College, and directed academic productions at Quinnipiac University, The University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, and more. 


As an assistant director, Rory has worked at Roundabout Theater Company, McCarter Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Irondale Theater, and Compagnia de’ Colombari. He received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and has trained with Carmen Morgan and Art Equity@rorypelsue

RORY PELSUE director