American choreographer Leah Hausman made her Royal Opera debut in 2001 on Rigoletto, directed by David McVicar, and has since returned to work on Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Aida and Les Troyens, directed by McVicar, Elektra, directed by Charles Edwards, and Il turco in Italia, directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. She regularly directs revivals for The Royal Opera.
Hausman trained in dance and drama in New York City and at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She works widely as an associate, revival and movement director in opera and theatre on both sides of the Atlantic. Her UK opera work includes L’elisir d’amore, Gianni Schicchi and La bohème (Glyndebourne Festival) and The Damnation of Faust, La clemenza di Tito and Benvenuto Cellini (English National Opera). She has also worked widely in the USA and Europe, in productions including Maria Stuarda (Metropolitan Opera, New York), Il trovatore (Chicago, San Francisco and Metropolitan Opera), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence) and Lohengrin (San Francisco).
Also active in theatre, Hausman has worked regularly for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Complicite and choreographed for the National Theatre and Chichester Festival, among others. She has co-directed several plays with Neil Bartlett for the Royal Court and elsewhere. Hausman works as a movement teacher for actors and singers at many London conservatories and for opera companies worldwide.