John Moran

Composer + Choreographer
Born 1965

John Moran is an American composer, author and choreographer. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1965.

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1965 Birth John Moran is often considered a protégé of composer Philip Glass. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1965, and began his career with the debut of his first opera in 1989. … Read More


1988 23 Years Old Moran's first opera, Jack Benny, was created in 1988, and composed entirely of snippets of sound from the Jack Benny television series. … Read More
1990 25 Years Old In 1990, Moran was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to create his second opera, The Manson Family, which starred Iggy Pop. … Read More
1993 28 Years Old In 1993, Moran's trilogy opera Everyday, New Burman (The Trilogy of Cyclic Existence) debuted at the larger Annex space at La Mama E.T.C. in New York City to wide critical acclaim. … Read More


1995 30 Years Old In 1995 and 1996 his opera Mathew in The School of Life premiered at The Kitchen in New York City. … Read More
1997 32 Years Old At the end of this period, in 1997, his version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari premiered at American Repertory Theater at Harvard. … Read More
1998 33 Years Old In a 1998 New York Times article the following year, Moran claimed to have seen his staging and visual ideas appropriated by the group, while being publicly uncredited to him by the group's director, Bob McGrath. … Read More
2000 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Moran's opera Book of The Dead (2nd Avenue) was commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and produced by George Wolfe for The New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater, in New York City and featured actress Uma Thurman as the work's narrator. … Read More
2001 36 Years Old He then relocated to Germany and re-mounted his work Everyday, Newt Burman in 2001 at Staatstheater-Darmstadt, where he apparently met German dancer Eva Müller who starred in the remounted production. … Read More
2003 38 Years Old Also at this time, in 2003, Philip Glass was quoted to say, "I am convinced that there is no more important composer working today than John Moran.
2004 39 Years Old In 2004-2005 Moran spent nearly 2 years as artist-in-residence for Mairie de Paris (The City of Paris), however these were described by the composer as less than productive times. … Read More


2005 - 2006 2 More Events
2010 45 Years Old In 2010, Moran and Tsukada debuted their work, John Moran and Saori (in Thailand). … Read More
2011 46 Years Old Moran apparently then created a solo-version of the work, which was performed at venues throughout Poland, toward the end of 2011.
2012 47 Years Old In 2012 Moran has unveiled a new solo work (performed by the composer) titled, John Moran: The Con Artist, which apparently bares the alternate title, Etudes: Amsterdam. … Read More
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