NMTC Artistic Director

Paulette Haupt

Artistic Director

Paulette HauptMs. Haupt was a co-founder and has served as Artistic Director for the National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center since 1978. In that capacity, she has selected and guided the development of more than one hundred musicals, including Maury Yeston, Mario Fratti, and Arthur Kopit’s Nine; Enid Futterman and Howard Marren’s Portrait of Jennie; Joe Masteroff and Edward Thomas’ Desire Under the Elms; Patrick Cook and Frederick Freyer’s Captains Courageous; John Jiler and Ray Leslee’s Avenue X; Polly Pen’s Christina Alberta’s Father; Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori’s Violet; Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party; Stuart Ross and Debra Barsha’s Radiant Baby; Kirsten Child’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin; Tan Dun’s Marco Polo; Jeff Whitty, Jeff Marx, and Robert Lopez’s Avenue Q; Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s The Nightingale; and Quiara Alegria Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights.

Ms. Haupt was an associate producer for Polly Pen’s Goblin Market Off Broadway and has commissioned, developed, and produced new works for OPERA America, the National Alliance for Musical Theater, and Columbia Artists Management.

Since 2001, Ms. Haupt has commissioned, developed, and produced new works with her New York Company PREMIERES, including several works by Richard Rodgers Award recipients and a workshop of Lauren Robert’s .22 Caliber Mouth (NMTC 2004). In 2008, PREMIERES presented three original commissioned works by Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa (Tres Ninas), Laura Harrington and Jenny Giering (Alice Unwrapped), and Michele Lowe and Scott Davenport Richards (A Thousand Words Come to Mind). INNER VOICES premiered at the Zipper Theater in May 2008 to critical and audience acclaim. Following the success of the initial ‘INNER VOICES’ series, the second season in April of 2010 included commissioned works by Cheri Steinkellner and Georgia Stitt (Mosaic) and David Simpatico and Josh Schmidt (Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle), presented at 59 East 59th Street Theaters. In the fall of 2012, Premieres presented its third season of ‘INNER VOICES’ with works by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz and composer Jim Bauer (Farhad or the Secret of Being), monologist Martin Moran and composer Joseph Thalken (Borrowed Dust),  and award-winning novelist/playwright Victor LoDato and composer Polly Pen (Arlington).

Following her San Francisco Opera debut in Carmen, for more than three decades Ms. Haupt was a music director and conductor of operas and musicals worldwide, including Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate, and Savage Land at the Kennedy Center; Once Upon a Mattress on an extensive tour of India and Sri Lanka; The Music Man in Beijing, China; Christina Alberta’s Father at The Vineyard Theatre; and Lucy’s Lapses at Playwright’s Horizons. In 2009, she joined George White in T’bilisi, Republic of Georgia, and conducted an orchestra of 50 Georgian teenagers in a Broadway Revue featuring a cast of 40 Georgian teenage singers and dancers.

In 2002, Ms. Haupt was the associate conductor for the Grammy nominated recording of Joe Masteroff and Edward Thomas’ Desire Under the Elms, and in 2007 was the music director and conductor for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Buell Theater with the Denver Center Theater Company.

As a pianist, she has appeared worldwide in concerts with renowned musical theater and opera singers and was the only ‘Plaidette’ ever to perform in Stuart Ross’ Forever Plaid in New York. Ms. Haupt was a Tony Nominator from 2009 to 2012.