Ellwood Annaheim holds degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. He also completed studies at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, Temple University, and Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. Mr. Annaheim was part of the curriculum study team that designed and developed The Catholic University of America’s Musical Theater program. For that program, he teaches voice, musical theater history and scene study, and vocal literature, in addition to directing, budgeting, and staffing both opera and musical theater productions for the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Among the numerous productions that he has directed are Fool for Love, The Cradle Will Rock, Mahagonny Songspiel, Albert Herring, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Don Giovanni, Allegro, La Bohème,Il Tabaro, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, I Capuleti ei Montecchi, La Traviata, and the world premiere of Andrew Simpson’s opera Agamemnon.
Mr. Annaheim organized and heads the Musical Theater Research Project at the university; a program devoted to the study and performance of early musical theater works. Through this program, Mr. Annaheim has successfully researched and presented fully staged productions of Florodora, The Prince of Pilsen, Fie! Fie! Fi Fi, A Trip to Chinatown, Sally, Irene, The Chocolate Soldier, and Best Foot Forward. Mr. Annaheim has performed leading roles with The Washington Opera, the Annapolis Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and the Summer Opera Theatre Company, and is a contributor to Grove’s Dictionary of Opera and Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has also appeared in numerous dramatic roles throughout the Washington, DC area.