Thaddeus Strassberger won the European Opera Prize in 2005 for direction and scenic design and earned a degree in Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City; he received a Fulbright Fellowship to complete the Corso di Specializzazione per Scenografi Realizzatori at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2001. Born in Oklahoma, USA, in 1976, Strassberger is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. His work has taken him around to the world where he has created over 75 productions in more than fifteen countries.

Recent new productions include:  BORIS GODUNOV and WERTHER (Tiroler Landestheater), NABUCCO starring Placido Domingo and Anna Pirozzi (Palau de las Arts Reina Sofia in Valenica), CARMEN (Danish National Opera), LA CLEMENZA DI TITO (LA Opera) and DEMON (Bard Summerscape, New York), SILENT LIGHT, a new work by Paola Prestini and Royce Vavrek (Banff Centre), LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (NCPA Beijing) a fully immersive full-scale SALOME (Tulsa Opera).

He returns  to direct and design a large scale open-air AIDA at Oper im Steinbruch Sankt Margarethen in 2024, where in 2021, he directed TURANDOT which was seen by nearly 100,000 people in the historic quarry amphitheatre in Burgenland near Vienna as well as broadcast live on ORF across Austria. He served as Creative Director for Riyadh Season Opening Parade Ceremonies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October 2021.  The event with a cast of nearly one thousand performers was produced by Balich Wonder Studios and was attended by over 500,000 live spectators and broadcast live on national television.

His production of SATYAGRAHA, the first production of a Philip Glass opera in Russia, won the 2014 Bravo Award for Best Production and was awarded two Golden Mask Awards. Also in Ekaterinburg he staged Weinberg’s THE PASSENGER, which was also seen at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Martinu’s A GREEK PASSION in a new Russian translation.  These productions remain in repertoire at the Ural Opera and have collectively played more than 200 performances to eager audiences.

He has also served as a Creative Consultant on several large scale ceremonies and performances in Saudi Arabia, helping to shape the creative identity of the emerging region.  For Opera America, he has served on jury panels for grant awards totalling over half a million dollars. He has worked with the Young Artist Program participants in many major opera houses including LA Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Minnesota Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, IVAI in Italy and Israel.