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About Crystal

Crystal Manich is an international director whose work has been seen across the United States, Argentina, and Australia. From opera to musicals, plays, and short films, she creates a diverse body of work year after year. Scroll down to read about current projects.


Crystal’s short film script, Desconocer, was an Official Selection of the 2019 Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge. She won the Audience Award at the 2018 Great Lakes International Shorts Festival for her short film L’Ivresse, which she wrote and directed.

She is currently a part of the ongoing development of a new adaptation of the Puerto Rican play La Carreta/The Oxcart in collaboration with playwright Caridad Svich, in addition to other literary development projects.

In Fall 2019, she directed the world premiere stage adaptation of Julia Alvarez’s Return to Sender by Marisela Orta for the Nashville Children’s Theatre. She also directed the opera adaptation of Il Postino for Virginia Opera in a new production that will appear at several companies in the United States.

In 2020 Crystal will direct the musical Bernarda Alba by Michael John LaChiusa for the Minneapolis company Latté Da in a new production. Her spring also includes a new adaptation in Spanish of Cimarosa’s opera Il Matrimonio Segreto set in 1980’s Little Havana in Miami, as well as André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.