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  • Stage Director, Butler Opera Center
  • Associate Professor of Practice in Opera Studies
Office Phone: 512-471-9408
Office Location: MBE 3.112
  • Directing
  • Composition
  • Opera Studies

Chía Patiño returns to the USA after ten years of heading the National Theatre in her native country, Ecuador. She holds degrees from the University of Louisville, a master and doctorate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and an MFA from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. After extensively experience programming and administering a large number of performances and international festivals, she is excited to return to directing and composing. She directed original productions of La Flauta Mágica de los Andes, Les Miserables, Faust, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Carmen, and Dido & Aeneas, as well as the world premiere of Unicamente la Verdad and Manuela y Bolivar. She has conducted the opera mariachi Cruzar la Cara de la Luna as well as the world premiere of its choral version at Teatro Nacional Sucre. Her recent work as a composer includes incidental music for theatre and the soundtrack of Guadual- Circo de Fibras Naturales, the first contemporary circus in Ecuador that has traveled to Spain, Argentina and Brasil.