Jacqueline studied theatre performance at the University of Idaho under the Rebecca L Lynch Scholarship. She gained a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, and a postgraduate diploma (with distinction) in Arts Education Management from the University of Leeds.
She has a strong interest in opera and has worked as a director, a restage director and an assistant director for the NZ International Festival of the Arts, NZ Opera, Victorian Opera (Melbourne), Sirius Opera, Opera Hawke’s Bay, NIMBY Opera, Wanderlust Opera and Opera Otago. She has won accolades from the NZ Fringe and the Wellington Theatre Awards, and in 2014 was ‘Director of the Year’ at the Dunedin Theatre Awards for her premiere of Anthony Richie’s This Other Eden.
Jacqueline has a passion for creating theatre and opera for the whole community. She has worked as an actor, a music director and a stage director for Capital E National Theatre for Children, and has currently directing their touring production of Seasons. Jacqueline’s theatre credits include the original touring productions of Lines from the Nile and Home; a promenade production of Martin Sherman’s Bent; and has co-directing two Wellington Summer Shakespeare productions as well as The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Since 2017, Jacqueline has created ‘street’ operas for CubaDuba, and recently collaborated with Orchestra Wellington on their family programmes.
Following her interest in arts education, she has run creative workshops for NZ Opera since 2006. In 2014, she directed Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, a NZ Opera production as part of the NZ International Arts Festival, which involved over 100 primary and secondary school students singing on stage or playing in the orchestra. Since 2015, Jacqueline has directed for NZ Opera’s ‘Opera in Schools’ successful programme, including productions of The Barber of Seville, The Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale. She has just undertaken a professional development programme in arts education/outreach as the Pettman DARE Fellow for Opera North, University of Leeds and NZ Opera.
Jaqueline Coats will be directing The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert: Beethoven's Fidelio on Saturday 8 May.