Josh Shaw (Director and Designer) is one of Musical America’s Top 30 Innovators in Classical Music in 2016 and the Artistic Director of POP. Over the past nine seasons, he has directed 34 productions at POP including The Rake’s Progress, Ariadne auf Naxos, La calisto, Tosca: A Moving Production, and La gazzetta. Mr. Shaw’s reimagining of Die Entführung aus dem Serail as an episode of "Star Trek" has gained national attention and has been produced by eight companies, selling out houses with record-breaking numbers. Since turning his attention to directing in 2011, he has directed over 80 productions at companies including Opera Santa Barbara, New Orleans Opera, The Southern Illinois Music Festival, Opera Neo, Alamo City Opera, Queen City Opera, Scenic City Opera, and Festival Opera. In 2019, Mr. Shaw has directed Camelot for Intermountain Operain Bozeman, MT, Il trovatore at SIFest, Gianni Schicchi for Opera Columbus, and I pagliacci for Salt Marsh Opera. Mr. Shaw has written several English version librettos for operas including a Wild West setting of Die Lustige Witwe,a contemporary setting of Die Schauspieldirektor, a production of Die Zauberflöte set in the world of 1980s video games and most recently a groundbreaking production of Madama Butterfly sung in Japanese and English, a co-production of POP and Opera in the Heights (Houston).