Mr. Berkeley directs and teaches opera and theater. He recently celebrated his 26th year at The Juilliard School (primarily as Director of Undergraduate Opera Studies) and teaches Shakespeare at Circle in the Square Theater School. In New York he directed the acclaimed Tony Award and Drama Desk-nominated Wilder, Wilder, Wilder and other award-winning Broadway productions.
Mr. Berkeley’s New York Shakespeare Festival productions include Pericles and “Best Revival” winner The Tempest. He directed Beatrice and Benedict at the New York Philharmonic and John Adams’ El Niño with the Atlanta Symphony and at Chicago's Ravinia Festival. Mr. Berkeley has also directed at the Library of Congress, Williamstown Theater Festival, and the Old Globe Theater.
As director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, he has staged classics as well as new operas by John Harbison, Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas, Michael Torke, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Bernard Rands. In New York, Mr. Berkeley directed the premieres of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face and Ullman’s The Kaiser from Atlantis (which he also directed in L.A., Miami, Houston, Spoleto, Italy and Ravinia).
Mr. Berkeley was an acting consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, a guest faculty member of Princeton University and Williams College, a returning Distinguished Guest Professor at Carleton College and returning guest director at Rice University. Favorite productions include his adaptation of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and L’histoire du Soldat for the New York Philharmonic, Two Faces of Romeo and Juliet (Bernstein plus Gounod) and Madama Butterfly for Houston Grand Opera, and The Coronation of Poppea, John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and Conrad Susa’s Transformations at Juilliard. Recently he collaborated with James Levine on a project for the Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School.
Mr. Berkeley also directed "Tango, Song and Dance" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Baltimore Symphony and will soon direct Shakespeare's Macbeth in Marseille and a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet utilizing Prokofiev's ballet music.