Born in Romania, Andrei Șerban studied at the Institute of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where he directed a number of stage dramas including a production of Julius Caesar. He received a grant from the Ford Foundation which enabled him to work with the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company in New York. He spent several years there and created the Greek trilogy The Trojan Women, Electra, and Medea. In 1999, he received the prestigious George Abbott Award in the United States for his theatre work. In 1992, he became Head of Theatre at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, where he trained young actors and directors. He directed several stage productions in Paris, including L’Avare (The Miser) and The Merchant of Venice at the Comédie-Française. He has also worked with some of the great international opera houses (Covent Garden in London, San Francisco, Chicago, Vienna, Geneva, Venice, Barcelona…). His opera repertoire includes Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Thaïs and Elektra in Nice, The Ring Cycle in San Francisco, Die Lustige Witwe, The Tales of Hoffmann, Werther and Manon at the Vienna Staatsoper, Turandot at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Benvenuto Cellini and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni in Bucharest, I puritani, The Fiery Angel, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Italiana in Algeri, Les Indes galantes, The Sicilian Vespers, Otello and Khovanshchina at the Paris Opera.