Paulette Haupt was a co-founder and served as the Artistic Director for the National Music Theater Conference at the O’Neill Theater Center from 1978 to 2017. In that capacity, she selected and guided the development of more than 130 new music theater works. Under her leadership, the early works of Kirsten Childs, Jeanine Tesori, Andrew Lippa, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Tan Dun, Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Lin-Manuel Miranda were developed at the Conference.
Following her debut in Carmen at the San Francisco Opera, for over three decades Ms. Haupt was a music director and conductor of operas and musicals, including productions of Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate, Savage Land at the Kennedy Center, Once Upon a Mattress on an extensive tour of India and Sri Lanka, The Music Man in Beijing, China, Christina Alberta’s Father at the Vineyard Theatre, Lucy’s Lapses at Playwrights Horizons in New York and the Portland Opera, and White Christmas at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2007. In 2009 she joined director George White in T’bilisi, the Republic of Georgia to music direct and conduct an evening of Broadway highlights with 70 Georgian teenagers.
She was an Associate Producer for Polly Pen’s Goblin Market off-Broadway, and has commissioned, developed and produced new work for OPERA America, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Columbia Artists Management. In 2002, Ms. Haupt was the associate conductor for the Grammy nominated recording of Joe Masteroff and Edward Thomas’ Desire Under the Elms.
Since 2001, she has commissioned, developed and produced new works with her New York company PREMIERES. In the fall of 2016, the fifth production of INNER VOICES, an innovative new music theater form created by PREMIERES was presented off-Broadway with works by Ellen Fitzhugh & Ted Shen, Dan Collins & Julianne Wick Davis, and Saheem Ali & Michael Thurber.
As a pianist, Ms. Haupt has appeared worldwide in concerts with renowned music theater and opera singers, and she served as a Tony Nominator from 2009 to 2012.