Jordan Lee Braun, making her HGO debut, is a regular member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production staff. Since 2016, she has worked on over two dozen productions at Lyric as either an associate director, assistant director, or stage manager. Braun has collaborated with directors Richard Jones, Sir David Pountney, Sir David McVicar, Sir Graham Vick, Francesca Zambello, Arin Arbus, Barrie Kosky, Bart Sher, Jonathan Miller, and many more. She frequently works with Lyric Unlimited, which is the educational outreach arm of the company, most recently directing the youth opera The Scorpion’s Sting for LU’s Opera in the Neighborhoods program. Braun prioritizes encouraging young artists and has directed several student matinees for The Atlanta Opera and Opera Colorado. She also coaches artists through the Chicago Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center and Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, and collaborates with DePaul University’s Opera Department. She spent eight seasons at Wolf Trap Opera working with emerging talent. Braun has worked with the Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Grand Rapids, Charlottesville Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Sarasota Opera, Toledo Opera, and Opera Carolina. She holds an Master of Science degree in Leadership for the Creative Industries from Northwestern University with a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design & Production from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.