Miřenka Čechová is a Czech director, choreographer, and performer currently living and working in New York City. This is her first collaboration with Opera Lafayette. She is co-founder and house director of two internationally acclaimed theater companies: Spitfire Company and Tantehorse, and also works as an independent director. She began her career as a classical ballet dancer at the Dance Conservatory in Prague. Later, she continued her studies to earn two MA degrees in theater and nonverbal theater, respectively. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Physical Theater Direction from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she has served as a professor of authorial theater since 2012. Ms. Čechová received a Fulbright scholarship in 2010-2011 to teach and research in the USA. She has combined her two disciplines of theater and dance to create her own physical and dance theater style. As a performer, she has established a strong international reputation particularly for her solo works, in which she also serves as playwright and director. She received a Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2012), The Best of Contemporary Dance (2012) from The Washington Post, The Best of Performance Award by the Prague Fringe, The Best of Fringe in Amsterdam, and the Best Overseas Production of the National Arts Festival in South Africa (2013), among many other awards and honors. In the music genre, Ms. Čechová received the prestigious Czech Zdeněk Fibich competition award in Melodrama interpretation in 2005 and 2006. As a director, she has contributed to more than 25 productions, most recently Lessons of Touch (2015, concept, director), Sniper's Lake (2014, director, choreographer, in co-production with Norway’s Baerum Kulturhus), FAiTH (2014, concept, director, choreography and performer), Prawns a la Indigo (2013, director), and S/He is Nancy Joe (2012, concept, director, choreography, and performer). Ms. Čechová is looking forward to many wonderful opportunities in the year to come, among those is as choreographer for the Prague National Theater’s production of Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali.